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Stress - how to measure and treat the silent killer of today: Follow-up of the round table discussion

April 25, 2022
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Ehab Naim, MBA.

The heart rate variability (HRV) was discussed as a valuable, accessible tool to measure stress. Our speakers viewed it as a useful physiological biomarker to measure stress and aging.

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Ehab Naim, MBA.

Ehab is a passionate Medical Writer with 5+ years of experience in the field of Medical Communications in the EMEA region and North America.

We are delighted to share with you some information about our fourth webinar aimed at understanding how stress affects longevity and lifespan. It is our first webinar delivered in the form of a roundtable discussion!

This webinar had three experts: Dr. Ana Baroni, health coach Erik Nelson, and longevity expert Victor Björk. They are also members of HealthyLongevity.guide Scientific Advisory Board, overseeing the quality and science behind the content and much more. 

In the webinar, the experts were asked a series of questions to which they provided answers based on their cumulative years of experience. In the beginning, they discussed how stress could affect various aspects of people's lives. For example, they highlighted that stress is associated with restless sleep, gastric ulcers, blood pressure elevation, cardiovascular disorders, hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis dysfunction, and many other adverse effects.

When asked about stress diagnosis, they highlighted many parameters and indicators to look for, like heart rate variability (HRV), measuring levels of stress hormones like cortisol, other steroid hormones like pregnenolone, neurotransmitters like glutamate, and other diagnostic criteria. Our experts also mentioned simple yet effective approaches to diagnosing stress using questionnaires. However, they pointed out that limitations and delays in properly diagnosing stress result from costs associated with tests, time constraints, or lack of regulatory framework, among others.

The aforementioned parameter HRV was discussed as a valuable, accessible tool to measure stress. Our speakers viewed it as a useful physiological biomarker to measure stress and aging. However, they highlighted some limitations, like lack of scientific consensus about cutoff values, limited liability resulting from the aging process, gender variation, time of measurement, and other factors. They gave examples of useful devices and applications to measure HRV, like Oura ring, Apollo Neuro, and HRVCam.

The next question involved recovery plans for those suffering from chronic stress. The experts mentioned the Blue Zone diet, environmental conditions like clean air, social interaction, medications, meditation, and prayer. They revealed that for plans to work, they need to be tailored to the client's specific needs based on their preferences.

The experts were asked about how the current healthcare system views stress. They highlighted that there is room for improvement, as there is insufficient, although growing, interest in understanding stress as a contributor to many diseases and its influence on lifespan.

After the discussion, the experts engaged with the audience, who asked insightful questions covering devices, HRV, personalized stress management plans, and others.

Our Olena Mokshyna, Ph.D., hosted this webinar. She is well-versed in various aspects of scientific research and equipped with a strong interest in researching aging and longevity.

If you are a health coach, a nutritionist, or a health enthusiast, make sure to check the webinar.

Sources shared by our experts:

AFIB/HRV:

 HRV:

 Jay Wiles (HRV)

HRV and stress detecting devices

Other devices

Heavy stress, lifestyle and aging

Books:

We are delighted to share with you some information about our fourth webinar aimed at understanding how stress affects longevity and lifespan. It is our first webinar delivered in the form of a roundtable discussion!

This webinar had three experts: Dr. Ana Baroni, health coach Erik Nelson, and longevity expert Victor Björk. They are also members of HealthyLongevity.guide Scientific Advisory Board, overseeing the quality and science behind the content and much more. 

In the webinar, the experts were asked a series of questions to which they provided answers based on their cumulative years of experience. In the beginning, they discussed how stress could affect various aspects of people's lives. For example, they highlighted that stress is associated with restless sleep, gastric ulcers, blood pressure elevation, cardiovascular disorders, hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis dysfunction, and many other adverse effects.

When asked about stress diagnosis, they highlighted many parameters and indicators to look for, like heart rate variability (HRV), measuring levels of stress hormones like cortisol, other steroid hormones like pregnenolone, neurotransmitters like glutamate, and other diagnostic criteria. Our experts also mentioned simple yet effective approaches to diagnosing stress using questionnaires. However, they pointed out that limitations and delays in properly diagnosing stress result from costs associated with tests, time constraints, or lack of regulatory framework, among others.

The aforementioned parameter HRV was discussed as a valuable, accessible tool to measure stress. Our speakers viewed it as a useful physiological biomarker to measure stress and aging. However, they highlighted some limitations, like lack of scientific consensus about cutoff values, limited liability resulting from the aging process, gender variation, time of measurement, and other factors. They gave examples of useful devices and applications to measure HRV, like Oura ring, Apollo Neuro, and HRVCam.

The next question involved recovery plans for those suffering from chronic stress. The experts mentioned the Blue Zone diet, environmental conditions like clean air, social interaction, medications, meditation, and prayer. They revealed that for plans to work, they need to be tailored to the client's specific needs based on their preferences.

The experts were asked about how the current healthcare system views stress. They highlighted that there is room for improvement, as there is insufficient, although growing, interest in understanding stress as a contributor to many diseases and its influence on lifespan.

After the discussion, the experts engaged with the audience, who asked insightful questions covering devices, HRV, personalized stress management plans, and others.

Our Olena Mokshyna, Ph.D., hosted this webinar. She is well-versed in various aspects of scientific research and equipped with a strong interest in researching aging and longevity.

If you are a health coach, a nutritionist, or a health enthusiast, make sure to check the webinar.

Sources shared by our experts:

AFIB/HRV:

 HRV:

 Jay Wiles (HRV)

HRV and stress detecting devices

Other devices

Heavy stress, lifestyle and aging

Books:

Ehab Naim, MBA.

Ehab is a passionate Medical Writer with 5+ years of experience in the field of Medical Communications in the EMEA region and North America.

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