Stress - Endocrine System Stress * Stage of Resistance-...

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Endocrine System Stress * Stage of Resistance- occurs when the bodies glycogen reserves are exhausted and the body begins to provide alternative fuels for metabolism. * This stage is dominated by cortisol which promotes the break down of fat and protein for gluconeogenesis. * It also inhibits protein synthesis, leaving the free amino acids available for gluconeogenesis * The immune system is depressed with long term cortisol exposure due to its heavy dependency of protein synthesis of antibodies and other products * Wounds heal poorly * gastric secretions increase leading to ulcers * depresses the secretion of sex hormones * This stage leaves the body more susceptible to disease and cancer Stress * Stage of exhaustion- when the fat stores are depleted and the body turns to protein for fuel * Leads to a progressive weakening and wasting away of muscle * eventually the adrenal cortex stops producing glucocorticoids, making fuel homeostasis impossible * At last, the effects of aldosterone begins to be detrimental to the body
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