MEDICAL CORNER …. Stress … the nation’s #1 killer!!
~~Stress wreaks havoc on the mind and body~~
For example, psychological stress is associated with greater risk for depression, heart disease and infectious diseases.
But, until now, it has not been clear exactly how stress influences disease and health.
Normally, stress sets off a chain reaction in your body that includes the release of the hormone cortisol that helps you handle stressful situations (fight or flight). Cortisol also helps regulate your immune response.
In small doses, your body’s reaction to stress is protective; higher or unrelenting amounts of stress have the opposite effect.
Studies have showed how chronic stress may damage the body’s ability to regulate immune function. They found that autoimmunity results when chronic stress alters the effectiveness of cortisol to regulate the inflammatory response because it decreases tissue sensitivity to the hormone.
Specifically, immune cells become insensitive to cortisol’s regulatory effect. In turn, runaway inflammation promotes the development…
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