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How does stress impact metabolism?

Stress can have a significant impact on metabolism. Chronic stress can lead to the release of cortisol, a hormone that regulates glucose metabolism and the stress response. In response to stress, cortisol levels rise, causing an increase in blood sugar levels. This helps to provide the body with an energy boost to cope with stress.

However, chronic, high levels of cortisol can have negative effects on the body, including insulin resistance and an increased risk of weight gain, particularly in the abdominal area. Chronic stress can also disrupt other hormones like ghrelin and leptin, involved in metabolism and appetite regulation, leading to changes in food intake and energy expenditure.

In addition, stress can also lead to unhealthy coping mechanisms, such as overeating or avoiding physical activity, which can further impact metabolism and contribute to weight gain and other metabolic health problems.

It's important to manage stress through healthy coping mechanisms such as exercise, meditation, therapy, and spending time with friends and family to minimize its negative impact on your metabolism and overall health.


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