The National Institute of Mental Health reports that cortisol levels in people who have depression are lower than in people without depression.
According to the American Psychological Association, “Cortisol levels are low in depressed individuals and depressed individuals are more likely to have elevated levels of cortisol.”
Reducing sugar intake and increasing energy intake can decrease cortisol levels, according to the National Institutes of Health.
The National Institutes on Aging has a website that lists ways to reduce cortisol levels.
The American Psychological Associations’ Task Force on Neuroendocrine Dysfunction and Related Disorders recommends that people with depression and bipolar disorder reduce their sugar intake by 30 percent, reduce their caffeine intake by 50 percent, and increase their physical activity by 15 minutes per day.
It also recommends that they increase their calorie consumption by 25 percent.