Stress Related Illnesses and How to Avoid Them

Stress Related Illnesses and How to Avoid Them


The relationship between stress and illness is complex. The susceptibility to stress varies from person to person. The factors that influenced the susceptibility to stress are coping style, type of personality, genetic vulnerability and social support.

Dainora, nutritionist Chelmsford believes, that not all stress has the negative effect. Studies have shown that short-term stress boosted the immune system. However, chronic stress has a significant effect on the immune system that ultimately manifest an illness.


What is chronic stress

Stress is a biological response to the demanding situations. It causes the body to release hormones, such as cortisol and adrenaline. These hormones help prepare the body to start action, for instance by increasing the heart and breath rates.

The chronic stress is resulting from repeated exposure to situations that lead to the release of stress hormones. This type of stress puts pressure on the body for an extended period which can cause wear and tear on your body and mind and increase the risk of developing certain stress related illnesses.


Stress-related illness


Viral infection

Chronic stress raises dopamine, norepinephrine, epinephrine – which are physiologically active molecules known as catecholamine – and suppressor T cells levels, which suppress the immune system. This suppression, in turn raises the risk of viral infection.


Allergic diseases

Stress also leads to the release of histamine which is a major mediator in allergic diseases. Allergic diseases including allergic asthma, allergic rhinitis, food allergy, drug allergy, allergic atopic eczema/dermatitis syndrome, etc.


Stomach issues

Stress also alters the acid concentration in the stomach, which can lead to peptic ulcers, stress ulcers or ulcerative colitis.


Insulin Resistance and Type II Diabetes

Insulin is a hormone which carries a message that lowers blood sugar levels and helps us to store energy for future use. Stress doesn’t cause diabetes but it can affect your blood sugar levels.

For instance, if you’re feeling stressed, your body releases stress hormones like cortisol and adrenaline. This should give you an energy boost for a ‘fight or flight’ response. But the hormones actually make it harder for insulin to work properly, and could cause insulin resistance.

As energy can’t get into your cells, your blood sugar levels rise. If your blood sugar levels go too high, it may cause hyperglycaemia.

If stress doesn’t go away, it can keep your blood sugar levels high and put you at higher risk of diabetes complications. It can also affect your mood and how you look after yourself, which can start to affect your emotional health.


Other common effects include:

  • Autoimmune conditions
  • Digestive problems
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Depression
  • Impaired memory
  • Heart disease
  • Skin conditions, such as eczema
  • Obesity


Stress management

Dainora, autoimmune nutritionist, shares a few tips that could help manage your stress throughout the day and to avoid the potential for developing stress-related illnesses:

  • Release physical tension by including a five-minute walk outside during lunch break or taking the stairs.
  • Use headphones to listen music when going to work, or during your lunch break.
  • Talk about a stressful problem with your family or a friend. It will help release anxiety associated with it and may lead to a resolution or see things in a different way.
  • Have some me time by doing things you really enjoy.
  • Try to be positive. Look for the positives in life, and things for which you’re grateful. For instance, writing down 3 things that went well, or for which you’re grateful, at the end of everyday.



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