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Weight Gain, Diabetes, Thyroid And Other Diseases The Can be Caused By Chronic Stress

Chronic stress can increase appetite and cause weight gain. In the long-term it can contribute to an increase in cholesterol, high blood pressure and therefore, put you at risk of heart disease.

Weight Gain, Diabetes, Thyroid And Other Diseases The Can be Caused By Chronic Stress

Chronic stress can lead to depression, anxiety and other health issues


  1. Stress can slow down metabolism and affect thyroid functioning
  2. Stress can harm you both physically and mentally
  3. It can cause hormonal imbalance

Chronic stress is bad for your health in more ways than you can imagine. It increases production of cortisol or the stress hormone. Cortisol stimulates metabolism of fats and carbs, release of insulin and blood sugar levels. All of this in turn results in an increase in appetite and weight gain. Not just weight gain, but taking less stress is important to prevent anxiety, depression and other mental health issues. Talking about a few ways to manage stress is lifestyle coach Luke Coutinho on Instagram.

Stress management: 5 reasons why it is important

Gaining belly fat, getting diabetes or thyroid issues could all be related to excessive stress and the balance of hormones it disrupts.

1. "When you take stress, it increases levels of cortisol and adrenaline. It makes your body go into fight and flight response, which can also increase levels of cholesterol and blood pressure, and shuts down your digestive system," Coutinho informs in his IGTV.

Also read: Chronic Stress Could Be The Reason Behind Your Digestive Issues: Expert Explains How

2. This is the reason why many people experience gas, acidity, bloating and even constipation on days they are too stressed.

3. Hormonal imbalance caused by chronic stress can also impact your sleep quality. Being sleep deprived can increase levels of ghrelin (increased appetite) and decrease leptin (the hormone which induces feeling of fullness). This can lead to an increase in hunger and contribute to weight gain.


Stress can cause sleep disturbances
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4. Overtraining, without having any rest days in between can be stressful for you physically. Overtraining can make your body move to the sympathetic nervous system, which further leads to hormonal imbalance.

Also read: Chronic Stress: 9 Long-Term Effects And What You Can Do

5. Increase in high blood pressure and cholesterol caused by chronic stress can put you at risk of heart disease.

All of these reasons are convincing enough for you to believe that stress is bad for you. You need to change your attitude towards stress and try to not react to every stressful situation that you come across. If you feel stressed and sad for weeks in row, or if feelings of hopelessness, helplessness and worthlessness arise, the best thing to do is taking professional health.

Mental health concerns need to be taken seriously and addressed on time in order to prevent the situation from getting worse.

Also read: Hopelessness, Helplessness And Worthlessness: Know All The Warning Signs Of Depression From Our Expert

(Luke Coutinho, Holistic Lifestyle Coach - Integrative Medicine)

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