Study Seeks To Quantify Effects Of Stress Among Women

An Ohio State laboratory(Photo: University Communications / Ohio State)
An Ohio State laboratory(Photo: University Communications / Ohio State)

Ohio State university researchers today published findings that seek to quantify combined effects of stress and high fat meals among women. Professor Jan Kiecolt Glaser is lead author of the study. She says day-to-day stress takes a physical toll.

“In this case we found that stress slowed metabolism and it also had two other important effects. It increased insulin production and it also decreased fat oxidation. Higher insuling, lower fat oxidation, in both cases means your going to store more fat,” says Kiecolt-Glaser.

Kiecolt-Glaser adds when women in the study experienced stress they burned about 100 fewer calories the following day.

“That’s not a big deal for any one day but if that happened to you every day it would be the equivalent of about eleven pounds across a year.”

The OSU research was published Monday in the journal of Biological Psychiatry.

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