The link between stress and Metabolic Syndrome
What is Metabolic Syndrome or more commonly known as Syndrome X?
This is a name given to a collection of symptoms. These symptomsmake up this disease state. It is a progressive illness that made up of a chronic accumulation of ill-health. The sequence or development of events in this body dysfunction normally goes as follows; toxic build up and adrenal stress from bad living, gallbladder issues, digestive issues, adrenal exhaustion, insulin resistance, lowered thyroid function, weight gain, rising cholesterol, inflammation, increased blood pressure, and eventual obesity, cardiovascular disease and diabetes. This isn’t the precise order of events, and it is unknown whether there is one or several triggers involved.
- Could stress trigger Metabolic Syndrome?The British Medical Journal reported on a 14 year study that found a direct relationship between work stress and Metabolic Syndrome. Over 10,000 civil service employees aged 35 to 55 showed that chronic work stress is associated with more than double the risk of developing Metabolic Syndrome. Socioeconomic factors also played a role, as those with higher status jobs were less likely to have Metabolic Syndrome, compared to those with lower status jobs. Other factors such as smoking, alcohol abuse, lack of exercise and diets low in fruit and vegetables were also associated with increased risk of Metabolic Syndrome.2
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2 Chandola T et al. Chronic stress at work and the metabolic syndrome: A prospective study. BMJ 2006;332:521-5.