Recurring Stress Can Trigger Insulin Resistance And Weight Gain

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Recurring stress can trigger insulin resistance, hypertension, and abdominal fat deposition; glucose elevation is the cause of this illness.

Stress is the ability of humans to fight or flee when faced with problems affecting the individual. By changes in the organism, adaptation to various physical conditions is achieved: burns, bruises, bleeding, or psychosocial traumas.

“It is the route by which the body tries to solve a problem, but when the situation becomes recurrent, stress can trigger diseases such as diabetes, depression, insulin resistance, hypertension, abdominal fat deposition, and other autoimmune diseases, said Siegfried Miracle Lopez, chief of endocrinology at the Advanced Immunology Centre in Hospital Angeles Lomas.

What Is Insulin Resistance?

Insulin resistance is when cells in your muscles, fat, and liver don’t respond well to insulin and can’t use glucose from your blood for energy. To make up for it, your pancreas makes more insulin. Over time, your blood sugar levels go up.

Insulin resistance syndrome includes a group of problems like obesity, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and type 2 diabetes. It is also called metabolic syndrome.

What is hypertension?

High blood pressure is a common condition that affects the body’s arteries. It’s also called hypertension. If you have high blood pressure, the force of the blood pushing against the artery walls is consistently too high. The heart must work harder to pump blood.

Blood pressure is measured in millimetres of mercury (mm Hg). In general, hypertension is a blood pressure reading of 130/80 mm Hg or higher.

Blood pressure higher than 180/120 mm Hg is considered a hypertensive emergency or crisis.

Untreated, high blood pressure increases the risk of heart attack, stroke, and other serious health problems.

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Type II diabetes is caused by a systemic imbalance

Type II diabetes is a disease caused by a systemic imbalance. The body is in a constant state called homeostasis, in which a balance between the external medium variants like the weather, temperature, light, and night and internal factors such as blood pressure, heart rate, and the performance of the kidney, liver, pancreas, and lungs.

When an imbalance of homeostasis and angiostasis arises, (alteration in immune and hormone systems) and the body cannot adapt to it, this is when diseases are generated, in the case of type II diabetes the elevation of blood glucose is causing the stress.

Diabetes — a group of diseases characterized by glucose elevation

Examining a disease without considering the mechanism that set it off is exceedingly challenging. Homeostasis can be disrupted by stress, especially if it is continual and doesn’t give the body a chance to adjust and achieve a neutral point. This circumstance is what causes misery.

“Type II diabetes has immune, genetic and environmental components, is a multifactorial disease, thereby in medical schools we are no longer teaching diabetes as a disease but of a group of diseases characterized by glucose elevation, which causes inflammatory processes affecting the organs and immune system disorders that impair circulation, eyes, and kidneys,” explained the specialist.

Multidisciplinary team for the right diagnosis

For this reason, the chief of endocrinology at the institution emphasized how a current problem is that doctors specialize in small parts of the body, because the organism is very complex, but a fragmented study may lead to misdiagnosis.

“The problem is wanting to stay in our micro-universe specialty, missing the right diagnosis, hence arises the need for a multidisciplinary team together of several specialists such as neurologists, endocrinologists, urologists, psychologists, rheumatologists, oncologists, otolaryngologists, to analyze the case at the same time and achieve a better diagnosis and treatment,” concluded Miracle Lopez.

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