Health Problems Related to Stress
Chronic stress in your life can cause or worsen a whole host of different diseases and health issues if left untreated. Stress is a built-in physiologic response to a perceived threat or real threat. Your body naturally responds by increasing blood pressure, you breathe faster, your hormones such as cortisol and adrenaline increases. Over time, these causes health problems.
Chronically stressed patients have been suspected to have increased heart disease and related illnesses. Stress causes the increase of your heart rate and blood flow. Health issues like high blood pressure and cholesterol can be contributed partly to stress. Sudden emotional stress can cause heart attacks and strokes. The more stress you endure, the higher your risk of having a heart attack and dying suddenly from one.
Researchers have suspected that stress can worsen asthma. Children with chronically stressed parents have a greater chance of developing asthma.
Stress seem to cause more fat to be deposited in your abdomen. Excess fat in your abdomen poses a greater health risk than fat deposited in your legs or hips.
Stress seems to raise the glucose levels of people with type 2 diabetes.
Stress is one of the major triggers that causes tension headaches and migraines.
Anxiety and Depression
Chronic stress is connected with a higher rate of depression and anxiety.
Chronic stress is believed to accelerate aging by 9 to 17 additional years.
Stress can also lead to a weakened immune system
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