What You Don’t Know About CRH Can Kill You:
CRH is a powerful hormone. It affects many body systems including the immune system, heart rate, blood pressure, digestion and even sexual functions.
There are several ways CRH works on your body. Some of them include:
1) It increases levels of cortisol (a stress hormone).
Cortisol causes you to sweat profusely and it makes you feel anxious or stressed out.
2) It decreases levels of testosterone (male hormones).
Testosterone helps you fight off infections and fights cancer cells. It also increases muscle mass and strength.
3) It stimulates the production of growth hormone (anabolic hormones), which aids in building new bone, muscles, tendons and ligaments.
Growth hormone helps with weight loss because it causes fat to be burned instead of stored as fat cells.
4) It inhibits the release of glucocorticoids (anti-inflammatory hormones).
Glucocorticoids cause inflammation in your joints, skin and other organs. They decrease immunity and increase risk of developing diseases such as diabetes, high cholesterol, hypertension and heart disease.
5) It induces the secretion of thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH), which regulates metabolism.
TSH controls appetite and mood.
6) It increases blood glucose levels.
What are the causes?
It is the consequence of a dysfunctional hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis. The pituitary gland produces adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH), which regulates the amount of CRH in your body. If any of these structures are damaged or diseased, it can lead to excessive or insufficient levels of CRH in your body.
What are the symptoms?
The following are the most common symptoms:
1) Mood swings
3) Fatigue and feeling tired all the time
4) Loss of interest in things you used to enjoy
5) Depression and anxiety
6) Sleeping issues (insomnia)
7) Low blood pressure and dizziness when standing up quickly
8) Intolerance to loud noises, bright lights and stressful situations.
9) Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
10) Anorexia or bulimia
What is the treatment?
The following are the most effective ways to manage high cortisol levels:
1) Biofeedback and relaxation techniques, such as meditation and yoga.
These methods help you control your stress levels and decrease excessive levels of hormones in your body.
2) Get plenty of rest.
Sleep for seven to nine hours each night. Sleeping will help your body produce enough hormones to keep you in an optimal state of health.
3) Stop all painkillers and other medication unless you consult your physician first.
These drugs can have serious interactions with hormones in your body.
4) Eat a healthy diet, rich in fruits, vegetables and whole grains.
Avoid sugar, salt, fat and processed foods.
5) Get some light exercise every day.
Walking is ideal.
6) De-stress yourself.
Learn some relaxation techniques, such as meditation and deep breathing.
7) Consider cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT).
This therapy can help you manage your negative thoughts and change the way you think and behave.
Your physician may prescribe some antidepressants to increase the amount of serotonin in your brain. This helps to elevate your mood and relieve anxiety and stress.
9) Herbal remedies.
Some can increase the secretion of hormones that counteract those that cause stress and anxiety.
10) Hormone replacement therapy (HRT). This treatment stops or replaces hormones that cause stress and anxiety, such as cortisol.
What are the side effects of the treatment?
The following are the most common side effects of treatment:
1) Medication can cause headaches, dizziness and sexual problems.
2) Biofeedback, light exercise and CBT have few to no side effects.
3) Hormone replacement therapy can cause osteoporosis, cataracts and glaucoma.
Your physician will give you medication to prevent or treat these conditions.
How do you prevent it?
1) Maintain a healthy lifestyle.
2) Manage your stress levels.
3) Get sufficient rest.
4) Eat a healthy diet.
5) Make time for yourself.
6) Do things you enjoy.
7) Limit your alcohol and drug use.
8) Get a daily dose of sunlight.
9) Keep your job stress-free.
10) Spend more time with friends and family.
What causes it?
If someone in your family has had this condition, you’re more likely to get it.
As you get older, your body is exposed to more stress – this increases your chances of getting anxiety attacks and depression.
3) Changes in the economy.
When an economy fails, it leads to mass layoffs, which causes a sharp increase in unemployment levels and a high cost of living. This affects the mental health of the population.
4) A natural disaster.
Earthquakes, tsunamis and hurricanes can affect millions of people, especially those living in affected areas
When countries declare war on one another, both sides suffer massive casualties. This includes deaths, injuries and mental trauma.
6) A pandemic or epidemic.
Viruses, such as SARS, Ebola and Zika can rapidly spread throughout the world, infecting millions of people and putting a lot of stress on healthcare systems. Many of those who survive have life-long mental problems.
7) Mass shootings in schools and other public places.
These tragedies leave many survivors with mental trauma that lasts for years or even a lifetime.
How common is it?
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