HOW AND WHY STRESS KILLS?
From recent findings published in the journal Nature Medicine, done by Dr Matthias Nahrendorf and his team at
Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, from study of junior doctors in high stress intensive care, which also applies to working over long hours,
which is the physical stress on the body.
NOT JUST OVER-WORK, BUT ALL NEGATIVE EMOTION GIVE PSYCHOSOCIAL TRIGGER OF STRESS
But also bearing in mind that all negative emotion also causes the stress response, which Dr Nahrendorf agreed 'exposure to psychosocial stress is a risk factor' ...
HOW STRESS BEGINS IN THE BODY
When emotion or over-work triggers stress, the ancient instinct of 'fight or flight' is triggered by the brain, to put more adrenalin into the body to make the heart pump faster to increase the blood flow, to give our feet wings or our fight without thought
Heart trouble was made worse by stress, so that in damaged arteries further inflamed by stress produced lesions that broke away, leaving an open wound that blood platelets and clotting proteins came to tend.
But a blood clot can get big enough to block the artery and this causes the heart attack.
The other way this happens with stress, is that it causes the stem cells in their bone marrow to produce a lot of white blood cells called leukocytes,
and if you had thickened arteries
(called artherosclerosis) the blood cells increased inflamation, causing lesion-like plaques to form that rupture and cause heart attacks.
This can also bring on strokes.
THE MEDICAL BIT
The immune system goes into over-drive to have protection immediately at hand for the body to fend off infection from wounds of war or trip from running wildly.
This is done by increasing white blood cells and inflamation in the arteries pumping the extra blood into the body.
THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN AT WORK AND REST PERIODS?
The Doctor and his team found that the junior doctors exposed regularly to chronic stress had very high white blood cell counts.
The junior doctors off duty had a lower white blood cell count.
This is why a good
work / life balance and
not over-working is so vital.
WHAT ELSE HAPPENS?
has shown that middle aged women
around 40-50s age group
who had the personality traits of being Anxious, Jealous, Moody or Distressed, who then also suffered stress in life and/or work, had a greater chance of developing Dementia.
Neuroticism coiuld lead to Alzheimer in later life, when added to stress over a month or more in life/work.
STRESS LINKED TO DEMENTIA
Affecting millions, but which is generally not recognized by doctors.
Adrenal fatigue is caused by stress of any kind, physical, emotional, psychological, etc. etc. or various combinations of these.
In times long gone by, this was called
UNDER ACTIVE THYROID
IS A LIFE THREATENING AND PERMANENT CONDITION giving lack of energy for life
What are the Adrenals and How Do They Affect Thyroid?
The adrenals are two walnut-shaped glands that sit atop the kidneys.
They secrete hormones – such as cortisol, epinephrine and norepinephrine – that regulate the stress response.
But these hormones play other crucial roles,
many of which are directly related to thyroid health.
In fact, as we’ll see in this article, proper thyroid function depends
on healthy adrenal glands.
Terms such as executive burnout, washed out, used up, and burned out are often used in the work force to describe
adrenal fatigue brought on when someone can no longer respond adequately to the demands of their job.
Middle executives, secretaries, and teachers are examples of professionals who suffer from "sandwich stress."
This is stress that comes from having to meet the demands and expectations from above and below without the power or authority to make the necessary changes or to do their job effectively.
It is frequently the person in the middle who takes the blame when things go wrong, but not the credit when things go right.People in this position commonly have more than their share of health problems.
STRESS FROM ABOVE AND BELOW IN WORKPLACE
Fresh food also helps in another stress symptom - constipation.
Eat heartily at breakfast, light lunch and evening meal.
To keep your appetitite satisfied have salad before and yoghurt after with evening meal.
Less junk take-away food, coffee, tea and alcohol
(which actually deepens negative emotions),
less soft drinks.
Drink more water.
Enjoy fresh vegetables and fruit.
Have fish dinners.
A nice soup.
Yoghurts for afters.
Food Tips When Stressed Out