Stress and Illness

Stress triggers the ‘fight or flight’ response in our bodies. It is mediated by the hormone adrenaline which has many effects. One effect is to allow the mobilization of glycogen from our fat stores to produce energy. This is secondarily mediated by Cortisol. Insulin also becomes involved.

Unfortunately, in the modern world chronic stress results in heightened levels of Cortisol long-term which suppresses our immune system. This leaves us susceptible to all sorts of chronic diseases, including Periodontal Disease.