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Can Stress Be a Killer? The SeniorScape®

Can Stress Be a Killer? The short answer is Yes. But it doesn't have to be.

However, understanding the factors that lead to stress on the body and ultimately negatively impact your wellbeing, can help you find ways to respond to stressful situations that lessen or mitigate the impact.

We all experience challenges that cause us stress. It is part of the human experience. They are common to each one of us at one time or another.

Can you relate to any of them?

You are a member of what is commonly referred to as the Sandwich Generation; literally sandwiched between job, family responsibilities and caring for an older parent or loved one. It can feel like you are squeezed from all sides.. Statistics indicate that 70% of the sandwich generation is now between the ages of 40-59. Prime work years.

You are a caregiver experiencing burnout.

Life circumstances that cause Stress: Financial Challenges, Divorce, Loss of a Loved One

Changes in Living Situations: Selling a House and/or Moving. Evidence suggests that selling a house or moving is tremendously stressful and, in some cases, the loss is akin to the Kubler-Ross stages of grief which can lead to depression.

Work and Health Challenges are obvious stressors.However, it’s likely that people think of stress as only related to negative circumstances associated as stated above.

However, what we think of as  positive situations can also be stressful and occur at any age or stage of life.The impact on the body is the same.

·    The college decision and application process

·    Starting a New Job

·    Wedding planning

·    Buying a Home

·    Planning a major event such as a Baby Shower, etc.

·    Car Purchase

·    Changing Careers

·    Moving to a New City

Oxidative Stress and Inflammations cause Stress Responses which are the Underlying Causes of many conditions and diseases.

Looking at Oxidative Stress and Inflammation; Oxidants damage the body and oxidative stress drives inflammation..

Some of the consequences of Oxidative Stress include:

  • Brain Fog/Poor Memory

  • Muscle and/or Joint Pain,

  • Weakness

  • Early aging – Wrinkles, gray hair

  • GI complaints

  • Reduced Vision

  • Headaches

  • Anxiety, Depression

Environmental and Lifestyle Habits that cause our bodies to experience oxidative stress include:

  • Excess calories | obesityHigh fat, sugar diets

  • Tobacco & alcohol

  • Medications

  • Pesticides & heavy metals

  • Infections – bacteria | viruses | yeast

  • Pollution

  • Radiation & excess UV exposure

  • Emotional stress

The causative factors leading to Inflammation:

  • Diet – deficiencies/sensitivities

  • Obesity

  • Gut dysfunction

  • Hormone imbalances

  • Exercise – too little OR too much

  • Injury

  • Toxins | tobacco/a;cohol

  • Infection | viruses

  • Stress

  • inadequate sleep

What are some of the health consequences of Oxidative Stress?

  • Neurodegenerative diseases

  • Cancer

  • Chronic fatigue syndrome

  • Heart & blood vessel disorders

  • Inflammatory diseases

Additional health consequences of Low-Grade Inflammation:

  • Heart disease

  • Stroke

  • Cancer

  • Respiratory disease | Asthma

  • Alzheimer’s Disease

  • Diabetes

  • Autoimmune diseases

  • Arthritis + pain

We all likely experience signs of Acute Inflammation at one time or another. They include:

  • Pain

  • Redness

  • Loss of Mobility,

  • Loss of Function

  • Swelling

  • Heat

Chronic inflammation is long-lasting, from months to years. It is the result of repeated inflammatory body‘hits’ which as are an inflammatory response in the absence of an actual stimulus or trigger.This can result from

·    Unresolved infections,

·    Physical or chemical agents that can’t be broken down in the body,

·    Fatigue,

·    Skin rashes

·    Muscle/joint aches & pains

·    Midsection weight gain

·    GI issues,

·    Chronic mucus production

·    Genetic susceptibility

If you are struggling to mitigate stressful experiences with real or potential concomitant health consequences in any of the above areas, feel free to book a free consultation here:​​​​​​

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