Did you know that stress can make you sick, literally? We picked most common stress-related illnesses and health conditions proved by studies. Particularly, stress may increase the risk of heart disease and diabetes. In addition, it worsens gastrointestinal problems. What else?
Stress-related illnesses: A to Z
- Aging. Stress affects how you age, and may cause accelerated ageing, according to a study.
- Alzheimer’s disease. It is among stress stress-related illnesses, because anxiety may worsen Alzheimer’s disease, causing its brain lesions to form more quickly. Therefore, reducing stress may even slow down the progression of the disease.
- Asthma. Moreover, a parent’s chronic stress may increase the risk of developing asthma in children!
- Depression and anxiety. First of all, chronic stress is linked to higher rates of depression and anxiety.
- Diabetes. First, stress increases the likelihood of bad behaviors, such as unhealthy eating and excessive drinking, that may lead to diabetes. Second, stress causes the raise of the glucose levels in people with type 2 diabetes.
- Gastrointestinal problems. Stress doesn’t cause ulcers, but it can definitely make them worse. In addition, stress may cause or worsen such conditions as chronic heartburn, and irritable bowel syndrome.
- Headaches. One of the most common triggers for headaches and migraines is stress.
- Heart disease. People suffering from stress are at a higher risk of high blood pressure and heart problems. Also, sudden stress can be a trigger for heart attacks.
- Obesity. Because stress causes higher levels of the hormone cortisol.
- Premature death. Some studies say that stressed people often dye earlier than others.
Dealing with stress and anxiety
In fact, if you maintain a healthy lifestyle, you are already protected. But what else you can do to avoid stress and stress-related illnesses? Mind these tips: