Tag: Stress

Dark Chocolate: The Perfect Snack for Stress Relief and Heart Health

By T. Jared Bunch, MD Recently when talking with my 7-year-old daughter, I asked her what was the best food she could eat for a snack. As the daughter of a cardiologist you may imagine that she would have been taught the enduring virtues of eating fruits and vegetables and how these are the best foods to use as snacks. She told me that my question was easy and replied, “the best snack is chocolate.” I asked her where she learned that and she told me her mother told her so. How can you really argue against that logic?...

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6 Ways to Reduce Stress With Diabetes

By Vanessa Caceres Reviewed by Farrokh Sohrabi, MD Stress management can be an important part of managing type 2 diabetes. Discover how to recognize diabetes-related stress and then how to unwind from it. Stress management is important for everyone’s overall health, but it’s particularly vital in type 2 diabetes. That’s because the way your body responds to stress could lead to diabetes complications, says Robert A. Gabbay, MD, PhD, an endocrinologist and chief medical officer at Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston. According to Dr. Gabbay, stress leads to an increase in the hormones cortisol and epinephrine, and a rise in...

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Can Life With Psoriasis Ever Be Stress-Free?

By Howard Chang I just don’t know if I can remove all of the stressors in my life. Are you a person who fumes all day at something that happens at work or school? I can relate. Do conflicts with others simmer right through to bedtime? Happens to me,too. Does change bring an unsettled;feeling that takes more time than you’d like when making adjustments? I recently learned that a class I registered to audit — and bought plane tickets and reserved a hotel for — was canceled due to low enrollment. Needing to respond to that change in my schedule and plans...

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What Is Postpartum Depression?

There are a thousand definitions of beauty. And there are many degrees of each. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. There is sadness in beauty. Beauty can be ugly. It is a concept that has haunted poets, artists and academics for centuries. Males are visual creatures. In their minds’ eye, like the posters teenage boys hang on their bedroom walls, men have an inflated idea of beauty . But to see how he really finds beauty in his surroundings, look at the girl with whom he spends time and feels most comfortable. She is often the opposite...

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The Health Benefits of Laughter

By Madeline Vann, MPH | Medically reviewed by Christine Wilmsen Craig, MD Laughter is a key component of a happy life, and it has powerful physical and mental benefits. No matter what you’re facing, you can learn to laugh and benefit from its healing ways. Funny movies, sitcoms, cute toddlers, and a good friend’s jokes can all offer one of the most powerful, natural stress relievers out there: laughter. “I think one of the best things is that laughter increases your sense of humor,” says Lynda Tourloukis, a certified laughter teacher based in Park Ridge, Ill. A motivational speaker...

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