Living Well Seminar
Stress, Hormones and Belly Fat
Summary by Marie R. Milleage
In April, Dr. Elizabeth Seymour presented “Stress, Hormones and Health” and asked, “Tired of what you see when you look in the mirror?” Many attendees replied “yes” and learned that hormonal imbalance leads to an unbalanced diet and belly fat.
Stress releases the hormone cortisol and causes higher insulin levels, lower blood sugar levels, and a craving for sugary or fatty foods. With the display of several slides, Dr. Seymour explained how hormone imbalances affect many body areas and functions and prevent weight loss. Hormones are chemicals that control how cells and organs perform and discharge when stress activates the sympathetic nervous system.
Discussing sleep, Dr. Seymour informed residents that a high carbohydrate diet may be linked to shorter periods of restful sleep, diminished sleep quality, and affected sleep cycles. Inadequate sleep may increase blood pressure and create inflammation.
She acknowledged that the benefits of exercise are equally important as how and what you eat. The Mayo Clinic reported that, “Virtually any form of exercise, from aerobics to yoga, can act as a stress reliever.” Exercise helps with stress level reduction and residents enjoy a substantial variety of physical activities with exercise opportunities for all ability levels.
As your own advocate, you can reclaim your health and life. Health and wellness is 95% self-care and requires individuals to participate in wellness behaviors that promote good health, prevent disease, and manage chronic disease.
DATCU credit union provided seminar refreshments and door prizes. For additional program information, please contact Marie Milleage at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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