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Stress and Excess WeightStress can cause Insulin Resistance-related excess weight and obesity. Various forms of stress release the steroid cortisol and this process may result in severe weight gain.

Insulin sensitivity decreases after certain stressful experiences, such as surgery, and it is also associated with work-related mental and emotional stress. Insulin Resistance is an imbalance of glucose and insulin in the blood stream and is also influenced by such factors as overeating, poor lifestyle choices and sedentary habits.

Stress creates an increase in cortisol levels which causes the liver to release glucose into the blood stream. This flood of glucose is an evolutionary response – to survive attacks by our predators – today, we have cortisol surges in response to daily stressors. This chronic exposure to cortisol causes blood glucose levels to rise.
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As glucose intensifies, it stimulates insulin production, which has a number of negative effects, one of which is inducing Insulin Resistance via increased noradrenalin.

Noradrenalin, a hormone, is a stress-response chemical, released under conditions of emotional upset. Further, glucocorticoids (such as cortisol) are also stress-response chemicals in some women. These hormones are also responsible for increased storing of abdominal fat and elevated blood glucose levels.

One study demonstrated that people with elevated levels of serum cortisol (caused by chronic stress) developed abdominal obesity, Insulin Resistance and lipid abnormalities.

Excessive levels of insulin signal our bodies to store unused glucose as fat throughout the body. This also causes a rise in cholesterol and blood pressure levels, the formation of Weight Loss and Stressartery-blocking plaque and an increased risk of kidney dysfunction.

In people who are "stress-eaters", particularly women, the more they eat high-fat, high-sugar, high-carbohydrate foods in response to stress, the more fat they store and the more insulin they secrete. This, in turn, elevates glucose levels, causing even more fat to be stored.

As a result, a vicious cycle begins that also contributes to the development of Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS), the hormonal imbalance which is a major cause of female infertility, as well as skin conditions and excess facial and body hair.

Excess Weight, Obesity, Stress and Metabolic Syndrome (Syndrome X)

Stress and Excess Weight Loss Stress-related weight gain and obesity can also be precursors to Metabolic Syndrome (Syndrome X), the cluster of cardiovascular risk factors for which obesity and Insulin Resistance are underlying causes.

Symptoms of Metabolic Syndrome include high LDL "bad" cholesterol, low HDL "good" cholesterol and an increase in triglyceride levels, all of which heighten the chance of damaging the cardiovascular system. If neglected, Metabolic Syndrome may lead to a heart attack or stroke.

Excess Weight, Obesity, Stress and PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome) and Pre-Diabetes

Excess weight, obesity and Insulin Resistance are connected by stress to other conditions, too. They can, for instance, underlie the hormonal imbalance, (PCOS) Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome.

PCOS also increases the risk of developing Pre-Diabetes. This reversible condition, if neglected, may lead to Type 2 Diabetes, which must be managed for the rest of your life and may require daily insulin injections. Type 2 Diabetes is a significantly increased risk factor for blindness, amputation and kidney disease.

Excess Weight Loss and StressFor optimum health, excess weight and obesity need to be reduced by reversing Insulin Resistance. Clearly, management of stress factors is a critical component to addressing excess weight and obesity, as well as attendant disorders like Metabolic Syndrome, PCOS and Pre-Diabetes. But just as clearly, no single approach will affect all the components of these conditions.

A complete system, including nutraceuticals (vitamins, herbs and minerals that are disease-specific), a realistic exercise program, nutritional guidance and a support network that will help you change unhealthy lifestyle choices, is required.

Click here to read about the ground-breaking Insulite System for Excess Weight and Obesity, which is scientifically-designed to balance circulating blood sugar and insulin levels — key factors in stabilizing and then reducing weight gain caused by stress. One of the system's formulations, called InsulX, contains vanadium, which decreases body fat and reduces appetite naturally.

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Studies on employment have shown hiring prejudice in laboratory studies. Subjects report being less inclined to hire an overweight person than a thin person, even with identical qualifications. Individuals make negative inferences about obese persons in the workplace, feeling that such people are lazy, lack self-discipline, and are less competent. One might expect these attributions to affect wages, promotions, and disciplinary actions, and such seems to be the case.

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"The United States is experiencing an epidemic of obesity. Thirty-four percent of adults are overweight and an additional 30% are obese. Thus, 2 of every 3 Americans have an unhealthy body weight. Obesity contributes to over 300,000 deaths per year, principally through its association with cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, and several cancers. Obesity currently is the second leading cause of preventable death and will soon surpass cigarette smoking, the leading cause. Health economists estimate that obesity costs our nation approximately $100 billion a year. And these figures say nothing about the personal suffering of those affected by obesity."
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