Stress And The Body

A few years ago I was diagnosed with Graves Disease. Graves Disease is an immune disorder that results in the overproduction in thyroid hormone. There are two treatments for Graves Disease, thyroid removal or Radioactive Iodine, which is absorbed by the thyroid and destroys its’ tissue. My doctor opted for the later. In some cases where the Radioactive Iodine is administered, the thyroid retains some function. I am one of those cases. I do take medication to make sure my thyroid levels stay normal but have been lucky and I have very few issues.

I see an Endocrinologist twice a year, mainly to go over blood work (they check various thyroid levels, glucose, and cortisol.) Everything is great except my cortisol levels. They are consistently through the roof. Cortisol is a hormone secreted by the adrenal gland that is involved in many biological functions such as glucose metabolism, immune function, and regulation of blood pressure. My levels are very high and have been over a period of years and they have even tested me for Cushing’s Syndrome but I do not have it. The only conclusion is that I am stressed.

Stressed Infographic

I don’t feel stressed but my body is telling a different story. High cortisol levels are no laughing matter and I need to get these levels down to ensure my continued good health.

How do you deal with stress?

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