HPA Axis Suppression: Symptoms, Causes, and Treatments by BodyLogicMD The hypothalamic–pituitary–adrenal (HPA) axis—the complex relationship between the hypothalamus, the pituitary gland, and the adrenals—is something that few people think about, or even know about. However, chronic daily stressors as well as serious life changes can cause problems with the HPA axis and lead to symptoms … Continued
Sleep Better, Quicker, and Longer by BodyLogicMD If you frequently “borrow” hours from the sleep department in order to get more done, you’re not alone: more than a third of Americans aren’t getting the minimum of seven hours a night recommended by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) and the Sleep Research Society (SRS). … Continued
The Link Between Sleep Habits and Memory by BodyLogicMD It’s easy to write off symptoms like memory loss and difficulty focusing as side effects of stress or preoccupation rather than telltale signs of a medical problem. And in some cases, that impulse is totally fine. But when symptoms become consistent enough and severe enough, it … Continued
The Truth Behind Weight That Won’t Budge You stand longingly in front of your pantry, swinging the door open and closed, open and closed. With each slam of the cabinet you are willing your mind to overcome the desire for its contents—sugary treats, comforting pasta and tasty breads—and instead turn to the fresh vegetables in … Continued
During the holiday season , stress can be overwhelming. It is very important to try and maintain some sort of stability during this time of year. This will include trying to control sugar and alcohol intake, continuing to exercise , and trying to keep healthy hormone levels. We can certainly provide guidelines to help with … Continued
Recently I saw a patient who had been suffering from consistent heart palpitations for years. She saw many doctors, 2 Cardiologists and had quite a few invasive heart procedures just to find out that there was nothing wrong with her heart. So, she kind of learned how to live with a “flipping out” feeling in … Continued
We see so many people in the practice that complain about steeds and the effects it has on their life. I tell patients it really does not matter if it is good or bad it is still stress and will cause a change in their cortisol levels. Your body does not care that the cortisol … Continued
Stress prompts the release of cortisol, a corticosteroid hormone that is produced the adrenal glands that sit atop the kidneys. Cortisol is the body’s “fight or flight” response to stress and helps the give the metabolism a much needed boost in times of peril. However, when produced in large quantities, cortisol can wreak havoc on the body and many of the body’s biological processes.
According to an article recently published on WorldHealth.net, chronic stress can lead to cognitive decline in type II diabetics. Produced by the adrenal glands, the “stress hormone” known as cortisol is produced as the body’s natural “fight or flight” response to elevated stress levels; however, scientists have found that diabetics with high morning cortisol levels demonstrate lower mental acuity.
We often use Valentine’s Day to reflect on the relationships we have with the important people in our lives. Perhaps the most important person to build a relationship with is you. We have an obligation to take care of our health – not only to ourselves, but to our loved ones as well. We owe it to ourselves – and to our loved ones, to be proactive about our health and wellness to guarantee many more, happy and healthy years to come.