For the purposes of this article, a type of steroids known as glucocorticoids will be addressed. These hormones are made by the human body, and enhance metabolic and regulatory functions, making them an important part of the body's processes. If taken in excess, these steroids can raise blood pressure and inhibit bone formation. A study conducted at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri, showed that when the body produces excess amounts of glucocortoids, obesity, and therefore diabetes and hypertension result. This study has caused physicians to exercise special caution in prescribing glucorticoids.