Stress hormones act by mobilizing energy from storage to muscles, increasing heart rate, blood pressure and breathing rate and shutting down metabolic processes such as digestion, reproduction, growth and immunity.
Constant stress causes continual release of various stress hormones which can cause:
- -> A depletion of energy storage
- -> High blood pressure
- -> Stress-induced hypertension
- -> Effects on metabolic processes
- -> Ulcers (digestion)
- -> Hampered growth
- -> Decrease in testosterone levels in males and irregular menstrual cycles in females.
- -> Increased likelihood of infectious disease.