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Stress is likely a much greater issue for weight gain or maybe more important, prevention of weight loss.

June 11, 2015

Dr. Fox responds to the following article:
http://time.com/3909555/job-stress-obesity/

Stress is likely a much greater issue for weight gain or maybe more important, prevention of weight loss. So if you are trying to lose weight and are having a hard time stress may be the key stalwart to success. We usually don’t think so much of work stress as this report suggests. Maybe a dramatic increase or decrease in work stress may be important as pointed out in this study. More important are the following physiologic stressors that send a “life threatening” signal to the brain:

Hypoglycemia or nutritional stress
Sleep disturbance, lack of at least 7 hours per night, Sleep apnea (snoring) and working night shifts
Aerobic Exercise on a moderate to agressive level at any Time during one’s life.
Electronic stress (cell phone, email, voice mail, texts, Facebook, pinterest etc etc)
Starvation weight loss or bariatric surgery weight loss even in the past.
Caffeine (studies show it doubles your cortisol level) even small amounts < 1cup coffee per day Low hormone levels; Estrogen in women causing hot flashes and night sweats These are the most common stressors we see in patients strategies for relief include, exercise (modest), meditation, acupuncture, yoga, gardening etc. Michael D. Fox, MD Jacksonville Center Reproductive Medicine jcrm.org

   
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