What are the effects of glucocorticoids on the body?
Glucocorticoids have many varying effects on the body.
The most critical effect of the glucocorticoids is the stimulation of glucose synthesis and glycogen formation, especially within the liver.
They stimulate the release of fatty acids from adipose tissue, which can be used as an energy source.
They decrease the effects of physical and emotional stress, such as fright, bleeding, and infection, since the additional supply of glucose from the liver provides tissues with a ready source of ATP.
They suppress allergic and inflammatory reactions.
They decrease and suppress the activities of white blood cells and other components of the immune system.