February 27, 2016

Saralyn Mark, MD Feedback from TappMD Expert
Saralyn Mark, MD
Take control of autoimmune disease.
Taking time for yourself is important for anyone, not just someone with an illness. It can be just a few minutes every hour to day dream, move around, take a glass of water or just listen to some music. This resets the hormones in the body and lowers some of the stress-related ones such as cortisol. Decreasing inflammation is also important and nutrition may play a role here as well.

Whenever I see a woman with an autoimmune disease in my office, one of the first things I ask her is how she’s handling the stress in her life, and if she’s finding time to rest.

That’s because I know—and research shows—that stress can bring on a flare in diseases such as multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus and psoriasis. One study found, for instance, that the daily stress of everyday living affects how women with lupus feel more than major life stresses like moving or starting a new job…

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Saralyn Mark, MD

Saralyn Mark, MD, an endocrinologist, geriatrician and women's health specialist, was the first Senior Medical Advisor to the Office on Women's Health within the Department of Health and Human Services for 11 years and to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). As Senior Medical Advisor, Dr. Mark was responsible for the development and analysis of initiatives and programs on emerging technologies, public health preparedness, physician workforce issues, sex and gender-based medicine and women's health on Earth and in Space.