Mental Stress Affects Our Bone Density and Blood Sugar Levels

Research  Writer: Margaret W. Lavigne 


Anxiety and Blot Clotting 

Studies have shown that people with intense acute anxiety disorder,  panic attacks and those who suffer from intense fear tend to suffer from higher levels of blood clotting. That fully explains why anxiety disorders are highly linked to thrombosis and heart disease.


According to Dr. Whitney Bowe, a New York City-based dermatologist and the author of The Beauty of Dirty Skin, there are acute stress and chronic stress. Chronic stress is a more detrimental form of stress. 


Stress and Blood Sugar Levels

Mental stress does affect our blood sugar levels.For instance, people with type 2 diabetes are especially sensitive to stress. As our body produces high levels of stress hormones, it drives blood sugar levels up.

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# Stress Hormones and Blood Sugar
Our immune system is directly affected by stress. Stress releases hormones such as cortisol and adrenaline into our systems. Adrenaline elevates blood pressure and cortisol increases sugar in the bloodstream, according to the Mayo Clinic. When our body produces too much cortisol, the immune system gets weakened, causing an inflammatory response such as eczema.

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#Stress and Indigestion 

According to Bowe, when our mind perceives stress, it slows down digestion in the gut. And when your digestion is slowed, it affects the bacteria in our gut. Further, studies found that high levels of stress affect our gut bacteria much like having a high-fat diet.


Our gut is made up of neuron connections.  Nevertheless,  when we suffer from high stress, the lines of communication between the brain and gut become scrambled, which leads to upset stomach, constipation, or diarrhea. When our body suffers from severe stress, it becomes flooded with adrenaline and CFR hormones. That’s why people who suffer from constant chronic stress suffer from indigestion problems. 


Bowe asserts that “Slowed motility allows for an overgrowth of unhealthy strains of bacteria, and the natural balance of gut microbes is disrupted, leading to something called dysbiosis. This, in turn, causes the lining of your intestines to become ‘leaky,’ or more permeable, which triggers a bodywide cascade of inflammation.”


Our digestive system is heavily affected by our emotions. The health condition of our gut and mental state is heavily linked. Irritable bowel syndrome occurs when our body suffers from high-stress or anxiety.


Negative Emotions & Blood Sugar Levels

Negative emotions, such as suppressed anger and depression, potentially increase stress-related hormones in our body, such as cortisol. When the body is under severe prolonged stress, the adrenal glands release tress-related hormones such as adrenaline, glucagon, steroids (e.g. growth hormone), and cortisol. Negative emotions are highly associated with old mental wounds. People with old mental wounds are more likely to suffer from low self-esteem. 


Glucagon and adrenaline trigger more glucose to be released from the liver, while the growth hormone and cortisol cause our body to be less sensitive to insulin when more glucose is released into our bloodstream and our blood sugar level rises, resulting in a vicious cycle. Further, negative emotions increase our sugar levels. (Reference.)


#Stress Leads to Dry Skin and Dehydration 
Whenever our body under prolonged stress, our body experiences a spike in adrenaline and cortisol. An increase in adrenaline activates eccrine glands and sweat glands, which cause our body to be dehydrated. Thus, replenish water more often when you are stressed out. 


#Stress and Skin Problems 

Internal inflammation may lead to acne breakouts, flare-ups of psoriasis or eczema. our body identifies stress as an attack, so our body forms inflammatory markers or inflammatory cells when we are under stress.  As inflammatory cells have increased in number, it triggers various skin conditions.  


Everyone reacts to stress in different ways. Our skin is the largest organ in our bodies, and it reflects signs of stress in a number of different ways, such as acne, psoriasis and eczema flare-ups or even seborrheic dermatitis.


Prolonged Stress and Hair Loss 

As stress increases, our body experiences a spike in adrenaline and cortisol. If the stress is persistent and high, it might even lead to hair loss. When our body experiences severe stress, our body stops producing hair, because hair is not crucial for survivingIn times of prolonged stress, our body stops producing hair and nails stop growing too.  Hairs and nails are not necessary for survival.  That’s why nails become brittle or start peeling during times of high stress. (Reference:  Science Daily) 

#Stress and Bone Density

The link between stress and osteoporosis is assured. Anxiety has been found to contribute to lower hip bone mineral density (BMD). Also, people who suffer from depression are more likely to suffer from osteoporosis and fracture. 


In response to stress, our body releases stress hormone cortisol in which potentially decreases bone density by inhibiting the bone-building osteoblasts. With decreased osteoblast activity, our body has more broken down bone tissue than deposited, causing low bone density or even osteoporosis.

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#Stress and Shift in hormone levels 

Stress leads to the shift in hormone levels, cortisol in particular, can be a contributing factor to acne breakouts.Stress stimulates the brain to produce a specific set of hormones that prepare the body for a stressful environment. As a side effect, these hormones rev up activity of sebaceous glands in the skin, leading to higher than normal levels of oil, blockages in the pores and acne breakouts Zeichner said. 


# Stress affects Our Scalp
Stress does affect our scalp and hair. Our hair is oilier or drier than normal during times of high stress, because of the shift in hormone levels. Some people might experience flare-ups of seborrheic dermatitis, psoriasis and dandruff due to chronic severe stress. 


Managing stress should be a multifaceted effort. Dig out the roots of your chronic stress and note down the possible solutions. Studies found that as we run away from unshakable responsibilities or duties, we accumulate more stress instead of unconsciously or not. Thus, doing our duties and take our responsibilities with self-discipline is one of the methods to get rid of chronic stress. Stress occurs for many reasons. Chances are, we tend to finish a large number of projects all at once or within a day. Excessive desire, dissatisfaction for life, or depression might cause chronic stress. 


Fight Against Stress

1.Sufficient sleep: Sleep deprivation guarantee emotional weakness. 

2.regular exercise 

3. minimize sugar intake: High blood sugar levels is highly linked to mood swings and irritability. 


Significantly, positive emotions and positive thoughts, such as humility, repentance of the seven deadly sins and gratitude, are necessary for us to overcome stress.  Low self-esteem and pessimism are great enemies. The best way to release stress is to focus on the solutions rather than running away from it nor blaming anyone and anything.  More Info: Inner Peace: God’s Best Gift from Heaven


Margaret W. Lavigne 

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