Have you noticed you’re far more prone to stress during perimenopause? It’s not just the effects of being in your 40s – there’s a close link between these two factors. And most importantly, they can lead to serious health consequences if left unchecked.
Here’s what you need to know about stress and perimenopause.
Why you experience more stress during perimenopause
There is a very real reason why stress is far more prevalent during this stage of life. It all comes back to the hormonal changes that occur with perimenopause.
The first big factor is the reduction in progesterone levels. When you have adequate progesterone, it helps to keep you feeling calm by regulating the stress response. But as your levels drop off throughout perimenopause, that stress tolerance drops through the floor.
Then we have the fluctuations that occur in your oestrogen levels. Drops in oestrogen are linked to lower levels of happy brain chemicals such as serotonin and dopamine that help you to stay focused, calm and in control. Sudden spikes can contribute to mood swings, anxiety and irritability, which all feed into your experience of stress.
All of this adds up to a reduction in stress tolerance or stress resilience. So things that didn’t use to worry you can suddenly become a big, overwhelming deal!
The two way relationship
Unfortunately, this goes both ways. Progesterone production can drop off thanks to the effects of chronic stress, oestrogen fluctuations increase, and there’s the added effects on hormones such as cortisol and thyroid hormones.
Not to mention, chronic stress also drives inflammation, which can exacerbate every single symptom you experience during perimenopause! And that leads us into the real reason that stress during perimenopause is a massive problem for your long-term wellbeing.
Long-term consequences of uncontrolled stress during perimenopause
You might not be too worried about experiencing more stress during your 40s. But if it’s left unchecked, it can have some concerning implications for your health.
From a general perspective, chronic stress and the resulting cortisol ramp up your inflammatory pathways, interfere with your blood sugar levels and sabotage your thyroid function.
The biggest concern here is chronic inflammation. This drives countless health conditions that show up later in life, including heart disease, many forms of cancer, type 2 diabetes, Alzheimer’s and dementia.
Another problem is the development of insulin resistance. This contributes to perimenopause symptoms, chronic inflammation, stress and other important health pillars such as sleep. It can also lead to weight gain, even when you don’t increase your calorie intake.
And finally, stress can deplete many of the vital nutrients that keep you happy and healthy for longer. This includes magnesium, B vitamins and zinc. Low levels of these nutrients can have their own specific health implications, including chronic fatigue and reduced immunity.
Can I take a supplement to help with my stress levels?
Supplements can never replace a balanced diet, exercise and stress management regime. However, they can support pathways involved with stress, inflammation, hormone balance and healthy ageing.
That’s why I’ve formulated my own innovative supplement designed to support you during this often hectic stage of life! Learn more about Energy Glow NR here.
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Susie Garden | Clinical Nutritionist & Naturopath
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