Lecture 3 stress

Chronic stress creates excess cortisol o inhibits

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Unformatted text preview: tem •  Epinephrine and norepinephrine •  Increase heart rates and metabolize glucose more quickly The Hypothalamic-Pituitary-Adrenal (HPA) Axis Influence of Stress on Body •  Prepares body for fight or flight •  Makes heart worker hard •  Chronic stress creates excess CORTISOL o  Inhibits innate immune response (stress-induced immunosuppression) o  Body is in escape mode rather than healing •  If too much cortisol: o  o  o  o  Can damage brain cells Stunt growth in children Failure to thrive in babies exposed to stressful circumstances Greater vulnerability t...
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