are typically used for treating medical conditions that involve inflammatory responses. Examples of these are inflammatory bowel disease
, asthma, eczema, arthritis
, allergic responses, and others.
In addition to treating inflammatory diseases, other uses for steroids include supplementing hormones. Taking steroids, like prednisone, can either help your body feel better or it can cause problems. Or both.
What is cortisol?
Within the body is the endocrine system
, which is made up of glands. These glands secrete hormones into the bloodstream for the body to function correctly. There are two important glands, known as the adrenal glands, that release a hormone called cortisol.
is the body’s natural form of steroid that regulates metabolism by:
- Turning glucose into energy.
- Helping the immune response to fight off infections.
- Helping the body respond to stress. Cortisol is known for its involvement with the fight-or-flight response in a stressful situation.
Taking steroids, such as