Stress and Illness

by Tamara Hanson on January 3, 2018

Can stress lead to illness?

When we look at stress and anxiety, especially over the long term, we can see that stressful feelings can lead to issues like sleep deprivation, poor diet, drug or alcohol use, and family or work life problems.

Cortisol is a hormone that is released during times of flight or fight. During this time, glucose is released into the body providing energy to the muscles. However, if you are in a consistent state of elevated and chronic cortisol levels, then your body isn’t relaxing or taking a break from this increase in these levels. Consistently higher cortisol levels can lead to cardiovascular problems, gastrointestinal problems, and possibly diabetes.

The best way to handle stress is to incorporate good habits into your daily life, which include:

  • Meditation
  • Exercise
  • Allowing support from others
  • Nutritious diet of nourishing foods
  • Calming activities

As always, talk to your doctor about any issues that you may have.

 

 

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