Every hormone in our body each has their own responsibilities but also work together like a symphony. Insulin is a hormone produced by the pancreas, and its responsibility is to drive sugar into every cell in our body to make energy. Cortisol, your natural stress hormone, is a hormone produced by your adrenal glands. In a time of stress, whether physical, chemical or emotional, cortisol releases stored sugar from the liver, which increases blood sugar, in response to the stress. Cortisol will also make it more difficult for insulin to attach to its corresponding receptor sites on cells. This whole process forces the pancreas to make even more insulin in order to try to lower blood sugar. This vicious cycle continues until finally diabetes ensues.
Insulin and its relationship with cortisol is just the tip of the iceberg. Stress has a massive impact on insulin and your body. It can lead to detrimental consequences such as increase inflammation, increase cellular aging, elevate cholesterol and blood pressure, reduce your liver’s natural detoxification, and so forth. The moral of the story is find ways to reduce your stress levels. What is relaxing to you? Yoga? Practicing mindfulness? Walking your dogs? Whatever it may be, make sure you give yourself dedicated time every day to enjoy those things and reduce your stress.
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