Chronic Stress Can Lead to Disease
When we experience an episode of acute stress– a traffic accident, for example – our adrenal glands get a message to release the hormone cortisol, otherwise known as the stress hormone. Cortisol temporarily suppresses the immune system and adds glucose (sugar) to the bloodstream in seconds, giving our bodies optimum power to get through the dangerous or frightening episode.
But when we experience chronic stress – say, caring for a relative with Alzheimer’s or working in a pressured profession – we’ve got low levels of cortisol coursing through our blood all the time. As explained in the European Journal of Immunology, constant low levels of cortisol destroy normal regulation of the immune system, putting stressed-out people at risk of autoimmune disorders.
Chronic Stress Suppresses The Immune System
Chronic stress causes a breakdown in the normal regulation of the immune system. That can lead to autoimmune diseases where we produce antibodies that destroy our own tissues. Some of these 80 diseases include multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis and Type 1 diabetes.
Because not everyone reacts to stress in the same way, a blood test to measure the effect of cortisol on immune-system functioning would provide a valuable tool for preventing an autoimmune disease from developing. If someone is in danger of any type of chronic stress, we may not know when they’re at a point of immune system damage and this can help people pay attention to it and reduce stress before they get sick.
Exercise and Nutrition Essential For Stress Management
Exercise, proper nutrition and stress management are essential to keep psychological stress from causing physical illness. For people who already suffer an autoimmune disease, the same blood test would help determine appropriate doses of the synthetic cortisol (steroids) generally prescribed to people with these diseases.
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