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10 Ways Stress is Making you Fat

  • October 16, 2014
  • By drvikramraya

10 Ways Stress is making you fat and diabetic

Psychological stress is more than losing a job or moving house. There are many forms of stress:

  • Insomnia
  • Chronic infections
  • Inflammation
  • Autoimmune disease
  • Environmental toxins
  • Dieting
  • Too much exercise

When stress becomes chronic and prolonged, the hypothalamus is activated and triggers the adrenal glands to release a hormone called cortisol. Cortisol is normally released in a specific rhythm throughout the day. It should be high in the mornings when you wake up (this is what helps you get out of bed and start your day), and gradually taper off throughout the day (so you feel tired at bedtime and can fall asleep).

Recent research shows that chronic stress can not only increase absolute cortisol levels, but more importantly it disrupts the natural cortisol rhythm. And it’s this broken cortisol rhythm that wreaks so much havoc on your body. Among other effects, it:

  • Increases your blood sugar
  • Makes it harder for glucose to get into your cells
  • Makes you hungry and crave sugar
  • Reduces your ability to burn fat
  • Suppresses your HPA-axis, which causes hormonal imbalances
  • Reduces your DHEA, testosterone, growth hormone and TSH levels 2
  • Makes your cells less sensitive to insulin
  • Increases your belly fat and makes your liver fatty
  • Increases the rate at which you store fat
  • Raises the level of fatty acids and triglycerides in your blood

Each one of these consequences alone could make you fat and diabetic, but when added together they’re almost a perfect recipe for diabesity.

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