One way stress inflicts its deadly damage is by cortisol levels.
The results is accelerated aging that wreaks havoc throughout the body.
Increased cortisol levels not only age our internal organs, but make us appear older than actual years.
People with elevated levels of cortisol have higher mortality rates and face an increased risk for cardiovascular disease, diabetes, metabolic syndrome, and neurodegenerative disorders.
Too often, physicians prescribe a range of addicting pharmaceuticals in an effort to reduce a patient’s stress and anxiety. This provides a temporary fix, but tolerance to the drugs negates their effectiveness over time.
Fortunately, researchers have identified several natural compounds that have been shown in humans to produce a noticeable reduction in cortisol levels.
These natural compounds can help reduce the toxic response to stress and anxiety that underlies so many of today’s chronic health problems.
LIFE-THREATENING DANGERS OF HIGH CORTISOL
Cortisol is a glucocorticoid hormone that is essential for life.
However, in the presence of chronic stress, cortisol surges to unhealthy high levels, producing a major problem that threatens health and longevity.
Most disturbingly, recent studies have shown that chronically elevated cortisol levels are strongly associated with increased risks of dying. For example, one study showed that men with high cortisol levels were 63%, and women 82%, more likely to die than those with low levels.
The risks of dying specifically from cardiovascular disease are even more pronounced in those with high cortisol: one study found a five-fold increased risk of death, both among those with known cardiovascular disease and with people previously free of risks factors at baseline.
High cortisol levels create havoc through the body’s systems and are associated with a long list of age-accelerating diseases including obesity, hypertension, type 2 diabetes, and cardiovascular risk, as well as increased risk of infection, osteoporosis, depression, and even neurodegenerative disease like Alzheimer’s.
Another study found that higher cortisol levels are associated with higher perceived age, that is, age as assessed from a facial photograph. People with higher levels of cortisol look older because they are experiencing accelerated aging that is beginning to show up in their facial features. Perceived age is well known to be associated with illness and the risk of death.
Stress-emotional, physical,or biochemical-is detrimental in part because it raises levels of cortisol. reducing stress is always a good idea, but much of the stress in our daily lives is unavoidable,and sometimes efforts to avoid it bring on more stress. That’s why it is so important to reduce the cortisol elevations induced by stress, even when we cannot eliminate the stress itself.
Now, it is possible to mitigate the impact of cortisol, even if we cannot eliminate the stress from our lives. Lowering chronically-elevated cortisol levels can help mitigate this underlying cause of common disorders associated with aging.