Stress Medicine Specialist

Valentine Weight Loss & Wellness Center -  - Family Medicine

Valentine Weight Loss & Wellness Center

Family Medicine & Medical Weight Loss located in Fayetteville, GA

Stress impacts your overall wellness in significant ways, including leading to weight gain and preventing weight loss. Gregory W. Valentine, MD, of Valentine Weight Loss & Wellness Center in Fayetteville, Georgia, and serving Greater Atlanta, can help you manage your stress effectively, help you feel better, and give you better success with your weight loss goals. For a consultation, call or schedule an appointment online with Dr. Valentine today.

Stress Medicine Q & A

How does stress affect my body?

Stress is a normal part of life; everyone has stressful moments from time to time. Your body has a natural ability to manage moments of stress, releasing hormones and slowing nonessential body systems so your body can focus on protecting itself.

During moments of stress, your body:

  • Increases blood pressure and heart rate
  • Slows metabolism, digestion, and reproduction
  • Slows the production of sexual and reproductive hormones
  • Suppresses the immune system and regenerative processes
  • Suppresses hormones that are necessary for healthy levels of sleep

Fight or flight is the term used to refer to how the body responds to stress. This response is effective for short or limited moments of stress, but it can be detrimental to your body if it stays in a constant state of stress.

How can a stressful lifestyle harm my body?

Ongoing stress can keep your body in a fight or flight state, constantly releasing hormones, including cortisol, that suppress the body’s metabolism and ability to heal itself.

This can affect the body by causing:

  • High blood pressure
  • Increased insulin resistance
  • Inability to sleep or rest
  • Inability to fight infections
  • Anxiety or depression
  • Infertility or decreased sex drive
  • Poor digestion

A stressful lifestyle can also contribute to weight gain or difficulty losing weight.

How does stress affect my weight?

Because of how your body responds to stress and how you behave when you’re under stress, a stressful lifestyle makes it easier to gain weight and harder to lose weight.

Stress may affect your weight by:

  • Increasing your appetite for junk food, contributing to a diet low in nutritional value
  • Decreasing healthy activity
  • Slowing metabolism
  • Causing poor digestion and absorption
  • Preventing quality sleep, which leads to low energy levels

By managing your stress better, you improve your overall health and increase your potential for success with weight loss.

How can I manage my stress better?

Dr. Valentine offers a variety of services and products to help manage your stress, get personal support, keep healthy habits, lose weight, and improve your health. Services and products include:

  • Medications
  • Behavioral therapy
  • Exercise plans
  • Telemedicine
  • Meal replacements
  • Nutritional counseling
  • Nutritional supplements
  • Personalized diet plans and programs
  • Natural, stress-relieving supplements
  • Fitbit™activity tracker

When you give your body what it needs through healthy eating and activity, you can manage your stress more effectively, rest better, increase your metabolism, and have more success controlling your weight. Dr. Valentine’s structured programs, products, and supplemental services take the guesswork out of weight loss, giving you one less thing to worry about and providing the tools you need to improve your health.

To see how Dr. Valentine can help you manage your stress and your weight, call or schedule an appointment with Valentine Weight Loss & Wellness Center.