10 Health Problems Related to Stress
Are you always getting sick, but you do not know why? Well, it could be because you are stressing way too much. Stress causes you to make yourself sick.
There are many studies that have found numerous health problems related to stress. Not to mention, stress seems to increase and worsen the risk of many conditions such as, heart disease, obesity, Alzheimer’s disease, depression, diabetes, asthma, and gastrointestinal problems.
Therefore, before you start stressing out about being overly stressed out, there is some good news for you. Following a few simple un-stressing tips can help lower your health risks and lower your stress.
The following is ten significant health problems that are closely related to stress.
Researchers have already confirmed that if you have a type A personality you are at higher risk of high blood pressure and heart problems. They do not know why, exactly, but research proved it. Stress happens to increase your heart rate and blood flow, which in return causes the release of cholesterol and triglycerides into the blood stream. It is also very possible that stress is related to other problems, which usually increases smoking and obesity, but they indirectly increase heart risks.
However, doctors are not positive if sudden emotional stress can cause serious cardiac problems. Nevertheless, people who already suffer from chronic heart problems should keep stress at bay and learn how to cope as much as possible.
Researchers conducted a variety of studies that have proven stress can worsen asthma. Some findings report that a parent’s chronic stress can even increase the chance of their offspring developing asthma. One study showed the parents stress affected the asthma rates in their children who were already exposed to air pollution and whose parents smoked while being pregnant. However, the kids with chronic stressed parents had a much higher risk of developing asthma than those parents that were not stressed.
Did you know that the excess fat in your stomach region actually poses a greater health risk than excess fat on your legs and hips? Sadly, many people have much, much more excess fat in their stomach region. Stress produces high levels of cortisol that in return, increases the amount of fat that is stored in your stomach region.
Stress can easily worsen your diabetes in two ways. The first way is it increases bad behaviors, such as excessive drinking and unhealthy eating. The second way is it raises the glucose levels with people who have type 2 diabetes.
Those headaches that you get can be caused from being stressed out. These are not just tension headaches either. These can be quite painful and can further stress you out.
Depression & Anxiety
It is no surprise that chronic stress is connected to depression and anxiety. Recent studies discovered people who suffered from stress related to their jobs had an 80% higher risk of developing depression within a few years than those people with lower levels of stress.
Up until now, you found out what stress can cause, but there is one thing that stress doesn’t cause and that is ulcers. However, they do cause them, but they can make them much worse. Stress is actually the common denominator to many GI conditions.
There is one animal study that discovered that stress may be linked to worsening Alzheimer’s disease. It was found that it causes brain lesions to form much quickly in patients that are stressed than those that are not. Some researchers are saying by reducing stress it can potentially slow down the progression of Alzheimer’s.
Everyone always wants to stay looking younger, but stress can affect how you age. There is one study that compared the DNA of mothers who were chronically stressed and mothers who were not. The finding came out that those who were chronically stressed aged about 9 to 17 years more than those who were not stressed.
There is a study that looked into how stress affects the caregivers of ill family members and spouses. It was found that the caregiver had a 63% higher rate of death than those who were the same age as they were, but the only difference is they were not caregivers.
Stress is no joke. It can make you ill. It is not just in your head, it is an illness. It should be taken care of pronto as it can lead to further health issues. That is why it is important to take a day for yourself. Let yourself unwind and enjoy life and living.