Stress is considered by many to be the evil of the century. It is difficult to be immune to the problem, which affects about 90% of the world’s population, according to the World Health Organization. Linked to aging, sleep disorders, heart and metabolic diseases, in addition to skin changes, stress can also cause kidney damage, as explained by nephrologist Dr. Caroline Reigada, specialist in Intensive Medicine by the Brazilian Intensive Medicine Association:
“Under stress, the brain stimulates nerves in the adrenal glands to secrete cortisol, which increases blood pressure and blood sugar. This chemical reaction, which is a response of the brain to protect the body in a situation of apparent danger, when in excess, in a condition of chronic stress, causes the kidneys to excrete phosphate at non-standard levels, which can lead to muscle weakness. , changes in bone composition and even in kidney function”, says the doctor.
Excessive tiredness affects the organs of the body
According to the intensive care physician, excessive physical and mental fatigue from
Stress also causes harm
to vital organs. “Exhaustion, difficulties in dealing with challenging situations, negative feelings and low productivity are some of the symptoms of chronic fatigue. At the same time, the functioning of vital organs is compromised due to the hormonal imbalance caused by the imbalance in cortisol levels, secreted by the adrenal glands, located one over each kidney”, explains the specialist.
According to Dr. Caroline Reigada, this hormonal imbalance can cause a number of harmful factors to the body. “It’s a vicious cycle, in which factors that bombard the body and cause chronic fatigue, interfere with the performance in the workday, cause apathy and lack of interest in everyday tasks. And, at the same time, they affect the tissues of the heart, lungs, liver and kidneys, due to oxidative stress, structural cellular damage that can impair the functioning of these organs, which are vital to the body”, highlights the doctor.
Stress develops health problems
Under normal conditions, the body’s reaction to stress not only helps with immediate dangers or crises, it can also serve as a positive motivator when dealing with life’s challenges – when channeled properly. “However, when your body is under
high stress levels
over long periods of time, these physical reactions, if left unchecked, can harm your health,” explains Dr. Caroline Reigada.
The doctor also clarifies what health problems stress can cause. “The combined impacts of increased blood pressure, faster heart rate, and increased fat and blood sugar can contribute to a number of health issues, including high blood pressure, diabetes, and heart and kidney disease,” she says.
The effect of the body’s reactions to stress
As the expert explains, people who already go through
should avoid moments of stress, as the body’s reactions can worsen the condition. “As your body’s blood filtering units, your kidneys are prone to problems with blood circulation and blood vessels. High blood pressure and high blood sugar can put a strain on the kidneys,” says Dr. Caroline Reigada.
The nephrologist adds that “people with high blood pressure and diabetes are at greater risk of kidney disease. People with kidney disease are at a higher risk of heart and blood vessel disease. If you already have heart and blood vessel disease and kidney disease, the body’s reactions to stress can become increasingly dangerous.”
Consult an expert
Therefore, the doctor explains that anyone who aims to prevent
and/or kidney disease, or improving health while living with heart and/or kidney disease, you should look for ways to manage stress and consult a specialist. “This is an important part of maintaining your overall health.”
By Guilherme Zanette
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