Lena Edwards, MD, internist, Balance Health & Wellness Center, discusses stressand cardiovascular disease. Cortisol has effects in causing disease over the long-term. It lowers growth hormone levels, increases blood pressure, increases visceral adiposity, antagonizes the effects of insulin.

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