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Does Stress Increase Cholesterol Levels
Stress affects most people in some way. Acute (sudden, short-term) stress leads to rapid changes throughout the body. Almost all body systems (the heart and blood vessels, immune system, lungs, digestive system, sensory organs, and brain) gear up to meet perceived danger. These stress responses could prove beneficial in a critical, life-or-death situation. Over time, however, repeated stressful situations put a strain on the body that may contribute to physical and psychological problems. Chronic (long-term) stress can have real health consequences and should be addressed like any other health concern. Fortunately, research is showing that lifestyle changes and stress-reduction techniques can help people learn ...Read more
Complicated Question: From a symptomatic point of view, i many times see the exact oposite. Hormones such as cortisol, estradiol, estrone, estriol, testosterone, etc come from cholesterol via a specific pathway. Stress can increase cortisol levels, requiring a trasnformation from dhea to cortisol. This can lead to a reduction in estrogen because there is a reduced amount of "building" material to produce estrogen. ...Read more
Metabolic changes: Dried fruits are very high in sugar. Eating a lot of them over time could lead to Insulin resistance -- which in combination with other characteristics can lead to metabolic syndrome, in which cholesterol is high. More importantly, high sugar diets can cause you to have lower "good" hdl. http://www.webmd.com/heart-disease/news/20100420/high-sugar-diet-linked-lower-good-cholesterol. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Exercise: While HDL levels are determined by heredity, one can increase HDL by engaging in consistent, vigorous, exercise on a regular basis. Some medications help in raising HDL but do not have positive effects on health through drugs. Alcohol also increases HDL but is not recommended. See this site for more information. http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/tutorials/managingcholesterol/htm/index.htm. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Exercise is best: Exercise is the best biological treatment for depression and anxiety, followed by ect, then medications. Exercise increases the bdnf most. Brain derived neurotropic factors [bdnf] is what restores the hippocampus and other brain structures. Serotonin and other neurotransmitter balance is then naturally restored. Moderate exercise also helps rejuvenate almost every other organ system in the body. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
See below: Diet, exercise and weight loss are often helpful. The optimal level of LDL depends on the presence of coronary artery disease or the existence of other risk factors such as diabetes, hypertension, cigarette smoking, family history of premature coronary disease and obesity. Patients with these risk factors need drug therapy with statins or other medications to attain very low ldl. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Stress can increase tsh, but how high cortisol causes low TSH where as stress causes high cortisol production.?
Cortisol: This is a very complex system. In very basic terms cortisol is produced in response to stress and feeds back inhibiting production of itself (inhibiting crh and acth). Cortisol also inhibits TSH production (as well as growth hormone, estrogen, testosterone and lh production). Thus limiting the response to stress. It is though in chronic stress this feedback mechanism breaks down. ...Read more
No: There's a lot of malicious disinformation out there about vitamin K because it's given to children as an injection, and the anti-immunization / doctor-bashing crowd has started telling each other untruths about it. With your interests, you'd do well to get with an evidence-based holist in our community. I'm glad you have an inquiring mind and are health-conscious. Good luck. ...Read more
Unlikely: You are very unlikely to find that ghee will increase your cholesterol levels with consumption. Enjoy. :) ...Read more
Both related to stre: There have been many studies showing a direct link between stress and heart disease. Cortisol levels, the stress hormone, are greatly increased during times of stress or lack of sleep. Studies on animals have shown a significant increase in coronary artery disease and strokes. Studies on human beings have shown the same trend. Stress can have a big impact on cholesterol levels as well. ...Read more
Not many: Unless you are having a specific deficiency, the only thing you can do try to allow your body to make more testosterone is eat a balanced healthy diet. There is no food that will force the testicles to make testosterone. Zinc deficiency may cause low testosterone but it is rare. ...Read more
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