Elevated early morning cortisol linked to impaired cognitive performance

The study also shows an association with structural change to the brain

Elevated serum levels of early morning cortisol in otherwise healthy individuals are associated with impaired cognitive performance and structural changes to the brain, a study shows.

The findings from the Framingham Heart Study show the associations are particularly strong in women.

"The potential clinical implication is that more attention should perhaps be paid to individuals with elevation in cortisol that does not necessarily meet the criteria to be classified as Cushing syndrome, as it may be detrimental in the long run," Dr Justin