cortisol

I always found writing to be my escape and I never thought I would say that. I never liked writing growing up, probably because I wasn’t good at it. Well, my best friend who majored in English said that like everything in life it’s something you have to practice and do it everyday.

And I think thats what we tend to forget. Practice makes perfect. Grit. You can essentially do anything if you put in the time and effort into it. Ha, so my point is actually pointing back to the fact that I feel this very thing right now. About CRNA school. They weren’t lying. I already feel the depression looming in as I exchange my free time with pages on gas laws, pharmacokinetics, and membrane potentials. The FOMO is real.

Here I am – stuffy nose, head, and hacking cough the night before my first anesthesia school exam. First pharm exam (on hormones, diuretics, pharmacodynamics/pharmacokinetics, and COPD& asthma). My cortisol level has to be at least 150mg (stress response). Normal secretion per day is 20-30mg. Please let be a test question.

 

Here’s more on cortisol. So, it is secreted by the adrenal glands and it is primarily responsible for your stress response.

 

  • Increases gluconeogenesis, inhibition of glucose uptake — fancy way of saying helps your body make sugar!
  • Breaks down protein –to mobilize to the liver to make sugar
    • In excess can cause muscle wasting. So, don’t stress or you’re going to lose all your gains!
  • Mobilizes fatty acid – used for energy and metabolism
  • Has anti-inflammatory effects
  • May help cardiac function and improve blood pressure
    • Increases number or responsiveness of β-adrenergic receptors.
    • Promotes normal responsiveness of arterioles to catecholamines (norepinephrine, epinephrine)
  •  Inhibits bone formation
    • Can lead to fractures 😦

 

Ciao for now! And wish me luck …

 

 

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