breast cancer

Stress and Breast Health: Doctor Unveils the Connection

Stress and Breast Health: Doctor Unveils the Connection

Psychological stress and the way we respond to it affects our health in a myriad of ways. Protracted exposure to stress can cause changes in the body’s equilibrium and put the body at risk for many health concerns like heart disease, digestive issues, blood pressure changes, headaches, sleep disturbances, difficulty in concentration, depression, and even an increased risk of contracting viral infections. One of the lesser-known effects of stress is on breast health that needs awareness. In this article, Dr Karishma Kirti, Consultant Breast Specialist and Oncoplastic Surgeon shares the connection between stress and breast health.

In this rat race of the modern world, we face stress almost every day, at times due to daily events like concerns at work, relationships, or finances and sometimes additional stressors add to it, like a bereavement or other sudden adversities. In response to external stressors, the body releases stress hormones like epinephrine and

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Politics, mental health, and making the important changes in life

Limerick Post reporter Alan Jacques hit the pavements of Limerick City for a long run and a frank chat with Labour Party councillor Conor Sheehan. Photos: Alan Jacques.

AFTER turning 50 a couple of years ago, a good friend of mine pointed out that I now find myself in “sniper alley” and could be picked off at any time. A cheery thought indeed.

Around that time, my GP informed me that my cholesterol was fairly high and suggested I should consider taking up running for exercise.

I did and within a week I was hooked. Honestly, it was the benefits it made to my mental health that really spurred me on. I felt more relaxed, less stressed, and I found running a great way to let off some steam after a busy day. I felt more at ease in myself after it and happier too.

As far as the running

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