17 Reasons to avoid stress
Written by Administrator | 29th Sep, 2016
17 health problems that researchers have linked to stress
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.