Managing Stress

The stress cascade, hormonally in endocrinology, is extremely intricate. Hormones appear to affect neurotransmitters, the adrenal gland, the thyroid gland and the intestines.

Cortisol, a hormone secreted by the adrenal gland, is the main so-called stress hormone. We already know that over-secretion of cortisol over a long period of time is associated with diabetes, cancer and heart disease, as well as obesity.

Many people do not understand how these particular events occur simply because one is stressed. When stress occurs, the increased cortisol secreted by the adrenal gland increases blood sugar which is then stored as triglycerides, cholesterol, and glycogen. So stress and aging go hand in hand. Emotional triggers such as anger, fear, death of a family member, a move, a job change, marriage, divorce and financial worries, when stressed, all influence cortisol, and subsequently our blood sugar.

Because stress can cause a cascade of events that influence cortisol, insulin, thyroid, sex hormones, etc., it eventually translates into cardiovascular disease, diabetes, inflammatory diseases and depression.

At the Baucom Institute we recognize the impact stress can have on aging and related diseases. For this reason, in addition to providing resources and advice on how to manage and reduce stress, we may also recommend referral to a specialist when the level of continual stress is an impediment to achieving your longevity and life enhancement goals.