How Stress Hormones Can Impact Your Body

Anger causes the release of stress hormones like cortisol, adrenaline and non-adrenaline. These hormones give your body bursts of energy so you can cope with negative situations accordingly. However, too much of these hormones or repeated exposure to these hormones can begin to negatively impact important parts of the body.

Here are some important symptoms that you might experience under stressful situations :

  1. Increased pressure inside your eyes.
  2. Vision issues like tunnel vision, sensitivity to light or blurry vision.
  3. More frequent headaches & migraines.
  4. Feeling of dry mouth.
  5. Increased heart rate, blood pressure, blood glucose level and bloody fatty acid level.
  6. Decreases thyroid function
  7. Increased likelihood of stroke and heart attack.
  8. Decreased blood flow in digestive system.
  9. Slow metabolism.
  10. Lowered bone density
  11. Increases incidence of cancer.
  12. Increase in number of virus infected cells.
  13. Decreased number of natural killer cells. 

Even after the feelings of anger passes, its impact lingers in your body much longer. And the more often you get angry, the more these hormones can get to work in your body. That’s why it is important to recognise when you’re angry and take steps to calm this powerful emotion.

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  1. Betul Erbasi says:

    I didn’t know #4. The biggest sign of stress sign is #9 for me.

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    1. Garima says:

      Hi Betul, well yes, stress hormones affect your gut the maximum. The rush of hormones, rapid breathing, and increased heart rate can also upset your digestive system. You’re more likely to have heartburn or acid reflux thanks to an increase in stomach acid. Stress doesn’t cause ulcers (a bacterium called H. pylori often does), but it can increase your risk for them and cause existing ulcers to act up.
      Stress can also affect the way food moves through your body, leading to diarrhea or constipation. You might also experience nausea, vomiting, or a stomachache.

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      1. Betul Erbasi says:

        I experience most of these, I think. Thanks for the information!

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      2. Garima says:

        You are very welcome. Thank you for stopping by today.

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  2. Hey thank you for sharing. This was really helpful🙂

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    1. Garima says:

      I am glad you liked it Ramyani. Thank you. Did you know Under stress, your liver produces extra blood sugar (glucose) to give you a boost of energy. If you’re under chronic stress, your body may not be able to keep up with this extra glucose surge. Chronic stress may increase your risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

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    1. Garima says:

      I am glad you liked it Sir. Stress is a natural physical and mental reaction to life experiences. Everyone expresses stress from time to time. Anything from everyday responsibilities like work and family to serious life events such as a new diagnosis, war, or the death of a loved one can trigger stress. For immediate, short-term situations, stress can be beneficial to your health. It can help you cope with potentially serious situations. Your body responds to stress by releasing hormones that increase your heart and breathing rates and ready your muscles to respond.

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    1. Garima says:

      I am glad you liked it. Chronic worry and emotional stress can trigger a host of health problems. The problem occurs when fight or flight is triggered daily by excessive worrying and anxiety. The fight or flight response causes the body’s sympathetic nervous system to release stress hormones such as cortisol. These hormones can boost blood sugar levels and triglycerides (blood fats) that can be used by the body for fuel.

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  3. Bulbul says:

    Hi, thanks for droping by and liking my work. This was quite informative, I look forward to reading more from you. 🙂

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    1. Garima says:

      Thank you for stopping by my blog too. Glad you liked this post.

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  4. Alfiano Fong says:

    Scary

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  5. Spot on! My aunt developed a malignant pancreatic tumor despite being healthy overall & throughout her life. Stress was her undoing.

    A cousin of mine is a habitual stress taker. He’s developed an autoimmune intestinal ulcer disease.

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    1. Garima says:

      Oh sorry to know that. We all should find ways to let go of stress.

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  6. Isn’t calming down this powerful emotion in itself a contradiction? You fighting within your own emotion thus remaining in conflict endlessly!

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    1. Garima says:

      Stress will always be three, yes. Trick is to not let it affect your body. In mythology it is said that humans need to observe things from the inside out not the other way round.

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    1. Garima says:

      Glad you liked it.

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      1. judeitakali says:

        You’re literally my health captain of late, no pressure tho, just do you

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      2. Garima says:

        Hahahaha thank you. I am just trying to help. I am glad you find my health posts useful. Do share the knowledge with your friends and family as well.

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      3. judeitakali says:

        I do share all the time. Thank you

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    1. Garima says:

      Thank you for sharing my blog.

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  7. Thank you for sharing this information with all of us. Great post

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    1. Garima says:

      Thank you. I am glad you liked it.

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  8. And how is this trick done? So if observing things from inside out is the trick, what exactly am I observing there? Please elaborate.

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    1. Garima says:

      The trick is to not get affected by anything happening around you. Just observe it.

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      1. And how is that possible? Please enlighten me or rather inspire me:(

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      2. Garima says:

        Much of our lives is spent in reaction to others and to events around us. The problem is that these reactions might not always be the best course of action, and as a result, they can make others unhappy, make things worse for us, make the situation worse. Why would we want to make things worse? The truth is, we often react without thinking. It’s a gut reaction, often based on fear and insecurities, and it’s not the most rational or appropriate way to act. Responding, on the other hand, is taking the situation in, and deciding the best course of action based on values such as reason, compassion, cooperation, etc.

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      3. Garima says:

        There are volumes written on this concept. But the real knowledge comes with experience. I love sharing my experiences and hence I hope you understand where I am coming from.

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      4. I appreciate your efforts. My best regards to you. Thank you:)

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      5. Garima says:

        You are welcome. I am glad I could be of help.

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  9. Life says:

    Very useful info

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    1. Garima says:

      Thank you. I am glad you liked it. The bodily changes that happen during moments of stress can be very helpful when they happen for a short time. But when this happens for a long period of time, producing too many stress hormones can affect your health.

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    1. Garima says:

      I am glad you liked it. Thank you for stopping by. As your body perceives stress, your adrenal glands make and release the hormone cortisol into your bloodstream. Often called the “stress hormone,” cortisol causes an increase in your heart rate and blood pressure. It’s your natural “flight or fight” response that has kept humans alive for thousands of years. Normal levels of cortisol also are released when you wake up in the morning or exercise. These levels can help regulate your blood pressure and blood sugar levels and even strengthen your heart muscle. In small doses, the hormone can heighten memory, increase your immune system and lower sensitivity to pain.

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      1. Thank you for the good advice shared Garima. Definitely added to my knowledge.

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      2. Garima says:

        You are welcome.

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  10. iamvhardik says:

    Ever since I was diagnosed, I had this personal theory of mine that stress levels led to my current medical predicament. Now that I understand the effect of hormones and stress, I was not far off the mark.
    Thanks for the information.

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    1. Garima says:

      I am glad you shared your story. Thank you. This might an inspiration with many. With sudden onset stress, the muscles tense up all at once, and then release their tension when the stress passes. Chronic stress causes the muscles in the body to be in a more or less constant state of guardedness. When muscles are taut and tense for long periods of time, this may trigger other reactions of the body and even promote stress-related disorders. For example, both tension-type headache and migraine headache are associated with chronic muscle tension in the area of the shoulders, neck and head. Musculoskeletal pain in the low back and upper extremities has also been linked to stress, especially job stress.

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