#1058: MM- Is Stress Shrinking Your Brain?

Are you shrinking your brain?  This is Judy Gaman and this is your Stay Young Medical Minute.  Stress seems to be at an all-time high in America. Turns out, high levels of stress can shrink your brain.  That’s because stress causes the body to secrete a hormone called cortisol.  High levels of cortisol have been linked to heart disease, depression, hypertension, and obesity.  It can also lead to decreased grey matter in the brain.  If you are overstressed, get moving.  Even a quick walk around the block can give your mind the clarity it needs to sort through stressors.  It’s also important to sleep and eat well.  Both will give you the physical energy your body needs to fight off rising cortisol levels.  Talk to your doctor if you are worried about your stress levels.  Talk to your doctor if you are experiencing symptoms of depression.  This Stay Young Medical Minute is brought to you by Executive Medicine of Texas, a leader in preventative and proactive medicine. Learn why patients from around the globe trust Executive Medicine of Texas to their health. Visit EMTexas.com that’s EMTexas.com.

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