face it. The holidays can be stressful, but the truth is that stress is
part of our lives. It can motivate excellent performance or drive us to
the other extreme. Stress can also increase levels of cortisol, a
hormone secreted by the adrenal glands, resulting in adverse effects on
the brain, blood sugar, bones, muscles, immunity and appetite—to name
just a few. Called “the stress hormone,” cortisol can also cause you to
gain weight, to increase your risk for heart problems and more.
Cortisol is one important hormone, too. It helps to support normal
glucose metabolism, blood pressure levels, insulin release, immune
function and inflammation levels—which means it can have some positive
effects. When it’s released in small amounts, cortisol can help you
quickly tap into energy, memory, immunity, equilibrium and lower your
sensitivity to pain.
When you’re under chronic stress, however, increased levels of
cortisol can wreak havoc by adversely affecting your brain, thyroid,
blood sugar, bones, muscles, blood pressure, immunity and inflammation
levels. Too much cortisol in the body, for instance, can result in foggy
thinking, feeling run down, altered blood sugar levels and muscle
discomfort. That’s not all, though. Cortisol can also adversely affect
Elissa Epel, Ph.D., an associate professor at the University of
California, San Francisco (USCF) Department of Psychiatry, says,
“Cortisol and insulin shift our preferences toward comfort foods.” In
other words, there can be an increased appetite for high-carb, high-fat
or sugary foods, including junk foods. Epel is a leader in the UCSF
Center on Obesity Assessment, Study and Treatment.
Lack of sleep is a stressor, too, and can be catalytic for negative
metabolic changes that can lead to weight gain. "Not getting enough shut
eye can directly affect two important hunger hormones called leptin and
ghrelin," says Kristen Knutson, Ph.D., a research associate who
specializes in sleep and health at the University of Chicago’s
Department of Medicine.
In a study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, participants
who slept only four hours per night had an 18 percent decrease in leptin,
the hormone that tells your brain you’ve had enough to eat and a 28
percent increase in ghrelin, the hormone indicating you’re hungry.
Results of the study indicated that the sleep-deprived participants had
a 24 percent appetite increase.
To add to the vicious cycle, increased cortisol levels can increase
your girth—which is not good news for your heart. But that’s not all.
Fat cells also produce cortisol, so if you happen to be stressed and
overweight, then you could have double trouble.
Stressors can take on many forms, too. For example, women who were
overweight gained weight when they had to deal with common stressors
such as job demands, struggling to pay bills or family-relationship
strains, according to a study in the American Journal of Epidemiology.
The bottom line is that managing your stress is important for your
health. You’ll want to be sure to eat sensibly, to get enough sleep and
to exercise regularly. Likewise, journaling, breathing exercises and
listening to music are just a few ways you can relax. Altogether, these
can help you keep your cortisol levels in balance—helping to avoid
stress eating and its effects.
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