ISSN ONLINE: 2558-815X
ISSN PRINT: 1584-9244
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Hormonal and lipid disruption because of stress among teachers of The University of El-Oued, Algeria


Introduction. Work-related stress has become a significant concern in the modern world, with many individuals experiencing high pressure levels because of increasing professional demands. This issue is particularly prevalent in university teaching, where academic and administrative expectations are high.
The objective of the study was to analyze stress levels, causes, and their impact on biological indicators among high education teachers.
Material and methods. The study was conducted at the University of El Oued, Algeria, from September 2022 to July 2023, where 140 volunteer teachers were randomly selected. The teachers were questioned about their experiences with stress; subsequently, blood samples were examined to determine the levels of plasma cortisol, cholesterol, triglycerides, and total lipids.
Results. The results indicate that there is a highly significant difference (p < 0.001) in the level of stress among teachers at the University of El Oued at the end of the academic year, which is combined with the appearance of physical, muscular, emotional, and behavioral symptoms. The psychological disorder is followed by a hormonal disorder of plasma cortisol and a metabolic disturbance of cholesterol, triglycerides, and total lipids, where a very significant increase was noted (p<0.001) by hyperactivation of the hypothalamic-pituitary system because of chronic or repeated stress.
Conclusions. Improving the working environment for teachers and raising awareness about the importance of regular visits to psychological support centers can mitigate the impact of stress on teachers, enhance their overall well-being, and consequently improve the quality of education they provide.
Keywords: serum cortisol, cholesterol, triglycerides, total lipids, university stress, teachers.

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Houmri N, Adamou A, Bairi A, Khezzani B, Gharghout A, Hamad B, Hadef L. Hormonal and lipid disruption because of stress among teachers of The University of El-Oued, Algeria. Arch Balk Med Union. 2023;58(4):319-325.