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Negative Impact of Stress on the Body


Have a wide range of negative impact of stress on the body. I hope that you have gone through the article on stress and how it affects our health. Let us now discuss the negative impact of stress on our body. Here are common example;

  1. Stress, Women, Overeating and Weight gain:

According to annual stress analysis, women report higher stress than men. Many studies document that women tend to overeat during overstressed situations. Additionally, Overeating can elevate cortisol and glucose level in the bloodstream, which results in an increase in insulin level. Besides, Inflammation and oxidation occurs and the body becomes toxic. This ultimately leads to weight gain.

  • Biological effects:

Continuous highly stressed life is followed by too much releasing of cortisol level affects telomere care system ( cap of chromosome that indicate ageing and fast ageing) that accelerate cellular ageing. Note that we are already producing more cortisol as age increases.

According to psychological association, excess cortisol kills brain cells, causing the hippocampus to shrink. (Hippocampus is a component of our brain where memories are stored and emotions are regulated.)

  • Effects on digestive system:

Stress and too much cortisol generate sugar and high carbs cravings, increased fat storage and ultimately stress induced obesity occurs.

In addition, Chronic stress, overeating, drinking coffee and consumption of alcohol may lead to metabolic harm. Stress can negatively impact on gut mobility, destroy healthy bacteria which can cause nutrition deficiency, so that our digestive enzymes decreases and absorption of food nutrition does not well. Micronutrients are excreted through the urinary system.

During chronic stress the majority of people are suffering Hyperacidity, Gas trouble, Bloating and GERD (Gastro-esophageal reflux disease). In GERD, the LES (Lower Esophageal Sphincter) valve opens inappropriately.

  • Impact on Immune system:

NK (Natural Killer) cells kill cancer cells by secreting granzymes (one type of enzyme). NK cells are effector lymphocytes of the Immune system.

During stress, the functions of NK cells become impaired, so that there is a possibility of autoimmune diseases. Moreover, Some of these are Type I Diabetes, Rheumatoid arthritis(RA), psoriasis, multiple sclerosis, systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), Hashimoto thyroiditis, Inflammatory bowel disease, etc.

  • Reduction of Growth Hormone:

Human growth hormone stimulates growth, cell reproduction and cell regeneration. Additionally, This hormone is essential for weight loss. Growth Hormone (GH) increases lean body mass and reduces fat. Moreover, Studies suggest that chronic stress reduces growth hormone that affects and leads to body weight gain.

In summary, It is important to recognize the negative impact of stress on the body and to implement stress management techniques to reduce its effects. This can include practices like exercise, relaxation techniques, maintaining a balanced diet and getting sufficient sleep.

Hope this article has helped you understand the “Negative Impact of Stress on the Body”. Do stay tuned for more details on the same topic where I am going to cover “How to overcome Stress?” and share your thoughts in the comment section.

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Dr.Hetal Patel


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