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Q: Can good self-esteem improve my overall health?

Posted April 02, 2014 in Advice Column, Clear Lake

A: Living a healthy lifestyle is a major focus in our society today. Researchers are continually conducting studies to determine ways to keep us all healthy. Recent studies have found that a good self-esteem provides good health benefits. New research from Concordia University confirms that the connection between confidence and chronic health problems is especially strong in the elderly.

One reason for the correlation between improved health and good self-esteem is that individuals with low-self esteem tend to have higher amounts of cortisol in their system. Cortisol is a hormone that is released when a person is under stress, and it helps the body with the fight or flight survival process. Excess cortisol is detrimental to the body because it raises blood sugar levels and constrains bone growth and immune system functioning.

There are easy ways to help raise a person’s self-esteem which include seeking out social interaction, promoting feelings of independence and coping with life changes by finding support. Oakwood Care Center can help you achieve a higher self-esteem by welcoming volunteers to help with activities, inviting you to join any of our monthly support groups or inviting you to participate in any of our activities. For more information on how to raise your self-esteem, contact Michelle Anderson at 641-357-5244 or email

Information from, provided by Michelle Anderson, marketing coordinator, Oakwood Care Center, 400 Highway 18 West, Clear Lake, 641-357-5244.

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