Stress and Hormone

Stress, is hormone the answer?

Some of the high-risk groups prone to stress related problems include professionals in the fields of Software, Pharma, Banking & Financial Services. Individuals suffering from STRESS may fail to perform on personal as well as professional front. Young professionals continue to suffer from ‘stress’ and related health complications like

Physical Level: Erectile Dysfunction, Sleeplessness, Acidity, Insomnia, Emotional Level: Depression, Lack of confidence, Low self-esteem, Irritability.

Eventually, we have youngsters who are depressed / dejected running away from challenges. This has been causing lot of anxiety even to the top-line management who want their team to be energetic, confident and aggressive. Health Check-ups commonly available address basic components of health such as Haemoglobin, Sugar, ECG and X-Ray. They are usually ‘normal’ giving no hint of actual problem.

Significance of test parameters:

Hormones Role / Benefit / Effects
Cortisol Sleep, Blood Pressure, Glucose metabolism
Testosterone At physical level – Male maturity, libido, sexual desire, fertility, sperm count
At emotional level – Confidence, Aggression, Courage etc.
TSH/Thyroid hormones Controls secretion of thyroid hormones (t3 and t4) which play a vital role in entire metabolic activity and emotions.
FSH / LH Helps in ovulation in females and spermato-genesis (production of proper quantum and types of sperms) in males.
Also controls secretion of sex hormones like testosterone, progesterone, estrogens from testis in males & ovaries in females.
DHEAS Is a precursor to the production of testosterone, progesterone and estrogens – imbalance in which can show-up odd characters / characteristics of opposite sex such as –
Hair growth, muscle development, aggression in females
Breast / flabbiness / soft-voice, feminine behavior, sensitivity in males.
Strongly correlates with libido in women.
E2 – Oestradiol Female maturity, fertility, bone metabolism (supply / recycling of calcium to bones, which gets affected during menopause)
This article is prepared by Dr A Bhattacharyya
(Arpan@DiabetesEndocrinology.in)