10 Diseases Associated with Stress
Before you read this article and increase your stress level, please understand that there are some really good ways to keep the stress under check. This article just highlights other diseases that may seek in because of stress. Some of the major diseases are:
1. Heart disease
Stress increases your heart rate and blood flow causing the release of cholesterol and triglycerides in the blood. This increases pressure on the heart leading to cardiovascular problems. A stressful life can also be a motivating factor for smoking and sometimes obesity which adds up to the problem. People with chronic heart problems are thus advised to avoid stress and manage life accordingly.
Stress increases the risk of asthma in not just you but also your kids as per research. Mothers smoking during pregnancy or exposed to air pollution have high chances of passing asthma to their newborn nannies. Kids with stressed-out parents also face the same threat.
Stress causes an increase in fat level in the body and deposits them in abdomen leading to obesity. This is primarily due to the hormone “cortisol”.
Stress leads to bad lifestyle leading to unhealthy eating and drinking and also raises the glucose level. The increased glucose level impacts the type of diabetes directly.
5. Headaches and Migraines
Stress is one of the most common triggers for headaches and migraines. You can easily picture people holding their heads when in stress.
6. Depression and anxiety
You stand a higher 80% chance of facing depression and anxiety n few years if you have stress related to jobs or have a demanding work. This should come as no surprise to you as many people in corporate jobs struggle depression after a few years.
7. Gastro-Intestinal problems
Stress is a common factor in problems like Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and chronic heartburn. It does not cause an ulcer though.
8. Alzheimer’s disease
The brain lesions form quickly in people suffering from Alzheimer’s disease due to stress. Reduction in stress has been found to slow down the progression of the disease.
9. Accelerated Aging
A research was conducted on women under stress due to the caring efforts required for their chronically ill child. When compared to women who were living a stress-free life, their chromosomes showed accelerated aging. The stress showed to increase their age by about 9- 17 years.
10. Premature death
Stress leads to premature death. In a study on elderly people who were taking care of their spouses, they were found to die 63% faster than the ones receiving care. The stress takes its toll early.
These are some of the diseases that stress leads to and hence 10 reasons why one should avoid stress. There are many ways in which one can lead a stress-free life. These solutions can be self-addressed while professional help is also available.
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