[Cortisol rhythm during Ramadan]
AbstractWe studied the nyctohemeral cortisol secretion rhythm and the cortisol response to 1-24 corticotropin during Ramadan in 11 healthy, male volunteers aged 20-35 years. Their response to 250 mg 1-24 corticotropin was investigated 2 weeks before Ramadan by testing daily at 08:00 and 20:00 hours. After 16-22 days of fasting, their cortisol levels were measured at 08:00 hours and their response to 1-24 corticotropin at 20:00 hours. Before Ramadan, the baseline cortisol level was significantly higher at 08:00 hours than at 20:00 hours and the cortisol response to 1-24 corticotropin was also higher at 08:00 hours but this difference was not significant. During Ramadan, the cortisol level at 08:00 hours was lower than at the same time before Ramadan; the level at 20:00 hours was slightly higher than at the same time before Ramadan. There was no significant difference between the cortisol response to 1-24 corticotropin at 20:00 hours during Ramadan and the responses before Ramadan at 20:00 hours and 08:00 hours
Ben Salem, L., B'chir, S., Bchir, F., Bouguerra, R. & Ben Slama, C. (2003). [Cortisol rhythm during Ramadan]. EMHJ - Eastern Mediterranean Health Journal, 9 (5-6), 1093-1098, 2003 http://www.who.int/iris/handle/10665/119371
JournalEMHJ - Eastern Mediterranean Health Journal, 9 (5-6), 1093-1098, 2003
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