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17 Reasons to avoid stress

Written by Administrator | 29th Sep, 2016

17 health problems that researchers have linked to stress

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1) Headaches: Higher stress levels have been associated with a greater number of headaches per month.

2) Hair loss: In a study comparing sets of twins, those women who reported higher stress levels experienced greater thinning and hair loss.

3) Memory: In animal studies, chronic stress has been linked to damage glutamate receptors and impaired memory.

4) Acne/Proriasis: Singaporean researchers found significant increase in acne among students at exam time, especially male students.

5) Insomnia: In a 2010 study, a poor psychosocial work environment was shown to double the risk of developing a sleep problem.

6) Heart attacks: A study of 200,000 employees in Europe found those with stressful jobs are 23% more likely to have a first heart attack.

7) Worsens asthma: In a study of 5000 adults, chronic stress was found to double the risk of asthma.

8) Cravings for sugar fat: Animal studies have shown that an elevated level of stress hormone CRF trends to lead to cravings for sweet foods.

9) Digestion: Stress can disturb the delicate balance of microorganisms in our guts, leading to multiple digestive problems.

10) Belly fat: Repeated studies have linked elevated cortisol levels with excess fat in the abdominal region, even among otherwise slender women.

11) Back pain: Stress, along with elevated cortisol levels, has been linked with chronic back pain. Stress management is a treatment option for chronic pain sufferers.

12) Sex drive: Studies have shown that elevated cortisol levels appear to interfere with sexual function, and prevent us from getting aroused.

13) Blood pressure: Stress results in higher blood pressure, which can result in a host of health problems including heart desease.

14) Adrenal fatigue: Chronic stress can lower sex hormone levels, and ultimately impair the body´s capacity to produce stress hormones too. This can lead to symptoms like fatigue, an inability to handle stress, and low immunity.

15) Blood sugar: During stressful situations, hormones like adrenaline and cortisol cause our blood sugar to rise. One study showed that men under permanent stress were 45% more likely to develop Type II Diabetes.

16) Aging: Chronic stress has been shown to affect telomere length, a key indicator of premature aging.

17) Immune system: Stress has repeatedly been shown to weaken immunity. It also appears that the duration of the stress, not the severity, is the most important factor.


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