Cortisol, Stress and Diabetes: a Dangerous Relationship

  • Aglaia G. Salame-Castro Universidad Autónoma del Estado de Hidalgo
  • Rebeca Guzmán-Saldaña
  • Arturo del Castillo-Arreola
  • José Esael Pineda-Sánchez
  • Juan Carlos Paz-Bautista


The human body secretes diabetogenic hormones such as cortisol in times of stress, a situation that is aggravated when there is already an undergoing pathology such as diabetes. Both stress and diabetes are important issues for public health, since each one puts the population’s quality of life at risk. This threatening scenario increases when both of them collude, becoming a dangerous combination that causes disease, a lack of metabolic control and early complications. This paper reviews the relationship between cortisol, stress, and diabetes, as well as how cortisol may function as a biological marker to reflect the activity of the corticotropic axis.

How to Cite
SALAME-CASTRO, Aglaia G. et al. Cortisol, Stress and Diabetes: a Dangerous Relationship. Mexican Journal of Medical Research, [S.l.], v. 5, n. 10, june 2017. ISSN 2007-5235. Available at: <>. Date accessed: 21 mar. 2018. doi:

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