Take Charge of Stress and Abdominal Obesity
Stress is a well known cause of adrenaline/epinephrine production. It prepares (in an instant) the body to fight or flee, all in the cause of self-preservation.
Adrenaline or epinephrine is a hormone and a neuro-transmitter with many functions in the body. It helps to regulate blood pressure, heart-rate, the patency of air passages, and metabolic responses, and is a crucial component of the fight-or-flight response.
This response results in the production of other hormones in a cascade that results in an increase in blood glucose. Glucose is a primary source of energy for the brain, and hence its availability influences mental and psychological processes. Low glucose affects many brain processes including decision-making as well as self-control.
During a stress response, the hypothalamus part of the brain secretes hormones, one of which is corticotrophin-releasing hormone (CRH). CRH stimulates the brain’s pituitary gland which ultimately results in cortisol /glucocorticoid production , another stress hormone. Cortisol is the dominant hormone in situations of chronic stress, and its effects are more permanent than those of adrenaline.
Effects of Cortisol
Are exerted all over the body:
=> INCREASES IN CORTISOL
=>LOSS OF MUSCLE BULK
=> INCREASED ABDOMINAL FAT
Abdominal fat has been found to be especially hormonally active . It has a direct relationship with Diabetes.Central obesity from increased abdominal fat deposition predisposes individuals for insulin resistance. The fat secretes a group of hormones called adipokines that lead to the body
producing resistin, which impairs glucose metabolism. This is the leading cause of Type 2 (Acquired ) Diabetes.
Is therefore vitally important for all of the reasons above and others, to control the amount of abdominal fat we have.
Controlling the Amount of our Abdominal FatBaseline Measurements
Baseline self measurements are easy to do at home. We can measure our blood pressure and blood glucose with portable machines. ( Note this advice does not replace having regular and on demand medical check-ups by qualified practitioners, it is in addition to these check-ups). The other self or assisted measurements we can do are:
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