Glucocorticoids, also known as stress hormones, are essential for survival and for physical and mental adaptation to changing situations. Too much glucocorticoids can however yield a variety of symptoms and comorbidities. In this thesis, we aimed to investigate the role of endogenous and exogenous glucocorticoids in various stress-related diseases with a special focus on obesity. We additionally evaluated the diagnostic accuracy of scalp hair glucocorticoids in the screening of Cushing’s syndrome as well as the clinical application in obesity and stress-related conditions.

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E.F.C. van Rossum (Liesbeth)
Erasmus University Rotterdam
Department of Internal Medicine

Savas, M. (2021, May 18). Endogenous and Exogenous Glucocorticoids in Obesity and Stress-Related Diseases. Retrieved from