Chronic Stress: The Enemy

Women of Baycrest Several presenters touched on the role of stress on women’s physical and cognitive health. Dr. Gillian Eisenstein observed that “the line between female biology (what makes us physically female) and female gender (including social roles and life experiences) has become increasingly blurred, largely because of new insights into the role of stress on health, cognition and well-being.”

Drs. Marla Shapiro and Tiffany Chow said that feeling chronically stressed impacts the body’s production of cortisol and aldosterone which in turn affects metabolism and weight control, and may also affect women’s insulin levels. Links have been made between too much insulin in the blood and the risk of Alzheimer’s disease.

Interestingly, research shows that when women are physically fit, their response to stress is more normal – regardless of their age, said Dr. Shapiro.

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Chronic Stress: The Enemy