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Overcome Stress

Updated on February 17, 2020
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Kulsum Mehmood is an Eye Consultant with 30 plus years of experience. She is single mother and a philanthropist. She is in a full time job.

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Stress Busters


Research shows that losing your cool may prove deadly for you.

The best way to safeguard your health is to control your weight, blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar levels.

Which parameter should worry you most? It is not any one factor, but their combined effect that does the most harm. Moreover, stress may be a trigger that precipitates this Deadly Metabolic Syndrome.

Stress brings about a change in the body's endocrine system. The process starts in the hypothalamus of the brain, which sends a message to the body's master gland, the pituitary. It then signals the adrenal glands to release high quantities of stress hormone cortisol. That can result in abdominal fat storage and elevated insulin levels which have been linked to heart attacks, diabetes and stroke.

Prolonged stress and how we react to it - by smoking, overeating, drinking too much and exercising too little, precipitates high blood sugar, high blood pressure, a poor cholesterol profile and other problems. Genes play a role, of course, but you can beat stress by adopting a healthier, more balanced lifestyle. Here are some ways to do it :

Five Steps To Live Longer


Do not loose your temper


1. Watch Your Temper

Those people driven by ambition, hard work and tight deadlines - are most prone to heart attacks. But it is not striving for goals that leads to disease. Rather it is being hostile, angry and cynical that brings about the diseases. The risk of having a heart attack is more than twice as great if in the two hours of having a heart attack, they have been very angry.

If stress mounts so high that you begin snapping at people, ask yourself, "Is it worth having a heart attack over this ?"

Be cheerful... Do not brood


2. Stop Depression

Depression is linked to an increased risk of heart attack. People who have experienced major depression are four times as likely to have a heart attack as those who have not been depressed. Exercise is a good anti - depressant. In one study, 60 percent of depressed people who took a brisk 30 - minute walk or jog at least three times a week were no longer depressed after 4 months.

Pot belly.....


3. Flatten That Belly

It has been noticed in a study that people with a lot of upper - body fat often developed heart disease, diabetes and other ailments. By doing CT and MRI scans doctors found out that a special kind of fat, visceral fat, located within the abdomen, is strongly related to these diseases.

There is a threat of diseases when your waist measures 35 inches or more if you are a woman, and 40 inches or more if you are a man. And that is regardless of height.

Fortunately, abdominal fat is the most metobolically active type of fat, it burns off the fastest. This explains why losing only five to ten percent of your body weight can often stabilize or reverse the Deadly Metabolic Syndrome. Recommended diet should be rich in whole grains, fruits and vegetables and low in saturated fat, cholesterol, salt and sugar.

Bad Habits .....


4. Reduce Your Bad Habits

Heavy drinking. Moderate drinking may be least likely to develop Metabolic Syndrome, while alcoholics are most likely. Research proved that male alcoholics carried 48 percent of their body fat within their abdomen, compared to 38 percent for teetotalers.

Cigarette smoking. Smoking is dangerous for reasons besides lung cancer. Study revealed that smokers showed elevated levels of cortisol, which promotes abdominal fat storage.

Sedentary life-style. Do not be a couch potato. Be moving. It is not necessary to exercise vigorously. Walking is very good indeed. Light exercises are also good. So, keep moving.

Sluggish Metabolism ? Exercise daily


5. Speed Up Your Metabolism

A new understanding of how disease sets in your body focuses on metabolism - the physical and chemical reactions necessary to maintain life. In a Japanese study, a group of men were put on a low - intensity exercise program for one year. Although their cardiovascular fitness did not improve, nor did they lose weight, their metabolic health as measured by how well their bodies used insulin, improved. So, if you have been exercising but cannot seem to lose weight, keep moving. You do need to exercise regularly. "Metabolic fitness is one of the best safeguards against heart disease, stroke and diabetes".

© 2008 Dr Kulsum Mehmood


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    • Kulsum Mehmood profile imageAUTHOR

      Dr Kulsum Mehmood 

      10 years ago from Nagpur, India

      Thank you LizzyBoo for your comment. Simple walking regularly for at least 1/2 an hour for 3 to 4 days in a week goes a long way to bring a sense of fitness and well being. So, start walking and enjoy your good health and fitness.

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      10 years ago from Czech Republic

      I have red your hub. You are right. I am in a big stress at work and fitnes is the key point for me! I am so lazy. lol

    • Trsmd profile image


      10 years ago from India

      Some exercise and Yoga and reduce stress. Laughter is also best medicine. Get enough sleep.

    • Tensteps profile image


      10 years ago

      Stress management skills are so important for us all.

      It's such surreptitious condition; one we must be alert to.

      An informative hub. Thank you.

    • Peggy W profile image

      Peggy Woods 

      11 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Very good advice for everyone. We all just need to work on it!

    • Kulsum Mehmood profile imageAUTHOR

      Dr Kulsum Mehmood 

      11 years ago from Nagpur, India

      Hi compu-smart,

                              The basic idea is to overcome stress and to exercise regularly and gain on metabolic health, Then it hardly matters if you are overweight by a few kilos or even not dieting. If metabolic health improves by exercising and you eliminate stress, then you feel fit and there is a sense of well-being. Thank you for your comment compu-smart.

    • compu-smart profile image


      11 years ago from London UK

      Great tips Kulsum that if we could all implement such as watching temper, and reducing bad habits etc will not just help live longer but would make the world a better place! for me and for you and the entire human race! :)

    • Kulsum Mehmood profile imageAUTHOR

      Dr Kulsum Mehmood 

      11 years ago from Nagpur, India

      Hi RGraf , Hi mariesuewrites,

      Thank you for reading my hubs

    • marisuewrites profile image


      11 years ago from USA

      Very good advice for us all in today's world!!

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      Rebecca Graf 

      11 years ago from Wisconsin

      Good article. The hard part is getting these as permanent changes in your life. I'm still working on it.


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