It has been reported by experts that we are 100 times more stressed than our grandparents. I remember hearing from people years back that “they should just suck it up and deal with it.” That the label “stress” was an excuse or a copout for there actions or their sickness. Let’s take a look at what research has discovered over the years about the stress response and how it affects us.
What are some side-effects of long-term elevated cortisol? Well, it can increase our fat storage, decrease calcium in our bones, increase the firing of pain fibers, increase the breakdown of muscles and collagen.
It suppresses LH that gets released from the pituitary. LH in males affects testosterone release, and LH in females affects progesterone release. So with high cortisol you could see low testosterone in males and low progesterone in females.
These are just a few damaging affects the high cortisol can have on our body. Hopefully this shows the need to take care of our selves through proper food intake, calming exercises, nutritional compounds, massage, and chiropractic adjustment to name a few.
Contact my office to see how we can help reduce your stress and regain your health. Call 616-920-0833.