Lifestyle, stress and cortisol response: Review I

Mental stress
  • Sanae Fukuda
  • Kanehisa Morimoto
Review Article


The incidences of diseases related to mental stress are increasing in Japan. Mental stress, unacknowledged for long periods, has been shown to lead to the development of a number of diseases. Thus, an index for mental stress is important to induce awareness of its presence. We focused on the relationship between cortisol and mental stress in this review. We will discuss both the usefulness and problems of cortisol as a mental stress index by summarizing the relationship between cortisol and mental stress. The present findings suggested that cortisol appears to be an adequate index for mental stress. However, there are several problems; the present group clarifies these problems and builds the comprehensive mental stress assessment systems by using saliva samples.

Key words

experimental stress psychological stress chronic stress daily life event 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sanae Fukuda
    • 1
  • Kanehisa Morimoto
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Social and Environmental Medicine, Course of Social MedicineOsaka University Graduate School of MedicineSuita, OsakaJapan

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