Many women in Atlanta have lots of stress in their lives. The stresses of everyday life can increase the cortisol levels in the body. When women get too much cortisol accumulating in the body, they tend to gain weight. Gaining weight can open you up to many health conditions, one of which is breast cancer. Approximately 30 percent of the people in Georgia are overweight. Being overweight predisposes these people to conditions like strokes, heart disease, and different types of cancer. More than 39,000 deaths occur in the United States every year from breast cancer.
Women of Atlanta, like women everywhere, have common stress factors. For instance, when a husband dies, the wife is left to deal with all the problems of life alone. When you or a family member suffers from a serious illness, this causes a lot of stress. Other stress factors may include divorce, problems at the workplace, or loss of a job and so on. Excess stress can lower the immune system and increase your risk for breast cancer and other serious illnesses.
Many people feel that when they suffered emotional distress, their lives fell apart. There is some validity to this, because oftentimes after divorce and other traumatic losses in a woman’s life, they discover they have a devastating illness. This examiner knows of a friend who discovered a lump in her breast a few months after her husband divorced her. She was devastated by the divorce. She was a housewife with 4 children, and she had to suddenly find work to take care of her family. The divorce was not a friendly one, so the stress mounted beyond what she felt like she could cope. Soon after she found the lump in her breast, she was diagnosed with breast cancer.
Studies have been done to measure the effects of stress on the immune system. These studies confirmed what many of us already know. Increased stress from traumatic events can increase the likelihood of depression and other illnesses, including breast cancer. When we take a hit to our immune system, we are less likely to be able to resist disease. We can help to reduce our risk of breast cancer and other diseases by reducing our stress levels.
Things are going to happen in life. We will suffer loss through death and divorce. We will lose jobs, or endure problems at work. It is important that we find a way to cope with the stress in our lives. We need to maintain a healthy way we relate to the things that happen in our lives. We can begin by finding healthy ways to reduce and react to stress.