Stress Health Effects: 10 Scary Things It's Doing To Your Body
Fuels Cancer in Animal Cells – A recent animal study showed that
stress could help cancer cells survive against anti-cancer drugs.
Shrinks the Brain – Researchers reported that stressful
occasions – like going through a divorce or being laid off can actually shrink the brain by reducing
gray matter in regions tied to emotion and physiological functions. They warned
that these changes could signal future psychiatric problems.
Prematurely Ages Kids – The extreme duress that a child experiences
when exposed to violence early on could lead to premature aging of his or her
Could Affect You Offspring’s Genes – The effects of stress on a person’s genes
may be passed on from generation to generation, so the stress may not only take
its toll on the person but on the person’s progeny as well.
Spurs Depressive Symptoms – A study in mice suggests stress
could play a role in the development of depression.
Increases Risk Of Chronic Diseases – It’s not just the stress, but how
you react to it, that could have an impact on your health down the road. Those
who were more stressed out and anxious about the stresses of everyday life were
more likely to have chronic health conditions a decade later.
Raises Stroke Risk – Stressed-out people have a higher
risk of stroke.
Does A Number On Your Heart – Anxiety and stress is linked with a
27% higher risk of heart attack. (The same effect as smoking 5 cigarettes a
day.) Anything you can do to reduce
stress may improve your heart health in the future and how well you may survive
after a heart attack.
Makes Colds Worse – Stress has an impact on your immune
system with one study showing it can make colds worse. When stressed you
produce more cortisol which can wreak havoc on your body’s inflammatory
Could Affect Cancer Outcomes – Research shows that managing stress
could improve outcomes of the disease and that stress management intervention
mitigates the influence of the stress of cancer treatment and promotes recovery
over the first year.