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Can Stress Increase Cholesterol Levels?

High Cholesterol


In today’s high pressure and very unpredictable society it is quite natural for us to understand that stress has become an integral part of our life.

Stress in simple words is nothing but an emotional and physical response that the body gives out because of pressure from the world outside. This is the simple definition of stress given by National Health Institute. Read more on How Stress Affects Our Health!


On the other hand Cholesterol is something that is needed by the body to repair cells. However, while Cholesterol has a positive function to perform, too much of cholesterol can also be harmful to our body.

If it is not removed from the body effectively and efficiently, it can lead to serious situations. Many cases of coronary heart diseases and strokes are associated with high levels of bad cholesterol. According to researchers, apart from food and lifestyle habits, stress also has a very important role to play in increasing Cholesterol levels in our body.

Whenever our body is faced with stress from outside elements, its natural response is to either fight the external element or run away from it. Whatever is the method that is chosen by the body, it releases two main hormones, namely, adrenaline and cortisol. It is released from the hypothalamus, which is a hormone secreting gland situated near the brain.

As these hormones release more blood flow to the brain they act as a means to generate more energy. However, this natural defense mechanism of the body, is also responsible for higher levels of cholesterol production.

The hormone cortisol products sugar to provide body with instant energy to overcome and fight the stressful situation. However, as and when the stress levels decrease, the high sugar that is released is not fully used up and over a period of time they are converted into fatty acids and bad cholesterol. As mentioned above unhealthy living habits and too much of drinking, smoking, sedentary life style and bad food habits can also result in higher levels of bad cholesterol.

Effects of High Cholesterol

The problem with high levels of high cholesterol is that it is often diagnosed very late and it could take a number of years before the problem comes to light. Both LDL (low density cholesterol) or bad cholesterol and HDL (High density cholesterol) or good cholesterol increases with age and we should know how to keep a good balance between the two.

The bad cholesterol starts accumulating in the walls of arteries and other parts of the body including the walls of the internal organs. All these can lead to a lot of complications including heart attack, stroke, angina pectoris, and peripheral artery diseases.

Symptoms and Ways to Prevent High Cholesterol

So, the best way to overcome this problem is early diagnosis followed by the right kind of treatment. Frequent anger, tiredness, lack or concentration and other such problems could be changes in mental behavior which could trigger increase of cholesterol in our body. A simple blood test through lipid profile is enough to find out whether you are suffering from this problem or not.

Once diagnosed, managing stress through changes to life style, food habits and medications are the ways by which we can overcome the problem.


The best way to avoid stress is to be happy and in a cheerful mood and give importance to good food habits, exercise and by learning to smile and stop bothering or worrying too much about the future.

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