Stress Can Make You Overweight, Research Claims


Stress can make you overweight, a new research gives the first molecular understanding of how stress can spur the development of fat cells.

It’s not about eating, researchers found that chronic stress cause to form new fat cells. It’s all related to the levels of hormones called glucocorticoids mostly the “stress hormone” cortisol.

According to a new study by Stanford University School of Medicine researchers, when glucocorticoids’ levels increase it leads to form stressed out condition which can also develop the chances for a certain type of cell to morph into fat cells. And it could increase our weight, claims the senior author of the study and an assistant professor of chemical and systems biology at Stanford University, Mary Teruel.

Teruel explains that level of glucocorticoids rises and falls in a circadian 24-hour cycle, peaking around 8 a.m., then dropping to its lowest point around 3 a.m. the next day through the day and night. Stress including short-term stress, such as exercise produces short spikes and chronic stress causes chronic stress by increasing glucocorticoid levels in our bloodstream.

Our results suggest that even if you get significantly stressed or treat your rheumatoid arthritis with glucocorticoids, you won’t gain weight, as long as stress or glucocorticoid treatment happens only during the day. But if you experience chronic, continuous stress or take glucocorticoids at night, the resulting loss of normal circadian glucocorticoid oscillations will result in significant weight gain,” suggests Teruel.

The study which states that stress can make you overweight will be published online in the journal Cell Metabolism on April 3.

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