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10 Health Problems Caused by Stress

Updated on November 5, 2019
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If you are here, it means you want to know more about stress. First of all, you need to know what is stress. It is a feeling of restlessness that is induced by a stressor. A stressor can be anything that is disturbing for you. Stress can impact a person in many ways that cause both psychological and biological consequences. In the condition of stress adrenal glands secretes certain hormones which increase the heart rate and blood pressure. Many minor aches and pains like headaches, backaches, skin rashes, indigestion, fatigue, and constipation may also be caused by stress.

In this article, I am going to tell you some symptoms of stress and health problems caused by stress.

What is Stress
What is Stress

Symptoms of Stress

Some common symptoms of stress are;

  • Frustration
  • An individual may become moody and he feels bad about himself (low self-esteem)
  • Increase in heartbeat and pulse rate
  • Low energy
  • Headache
  • Chest pain
  • Frequent cold and fever
  • Loss of sexual desire
  • Menstrual problems
  • Increased sweating
  • Depression and anxiety

10 Health Problems Caused By Stress

Stress and health problems caused by stress are not avoidable. Sometimes, these problems become more severe and lead to chronic diseases. Some of the health problems caused by stress are as follows:

1. Headache

Usually, headaches are caused by stress. Though stress not only leads towards usual headache but also cause migraines.

2. Heart Diseases

Heart disease is a common health problem caused by stress. It affects the heart both in direct and indirect ways. People having chronic heart disease or a weak heart should be careful as they are always asked to stay away from stressful situations. Exposure to a stressful situation may cause them a heart attack. Smoking habits and obesity indirectly affect the heart and increase heart risk.

3. Diabetes

Stress causes an increase in the blood glucose level in a person's body. In this way, it directly leads to type 2 diabetes.

4. Obesity

One more health problem caused by stress is obesity. Basically, stress causes an increase in the secretion of the hormone cortisol that increases the number of fats in the person’s abdomen. A large amount of fats in the belly has more risk of health issues as compared to fats on legs and hips.

5. Loss of Appetite

Stress also causes loss of appetite which can cause weight loss and malnutrition.

Stress and Health Problems
Stress and Health Problems

6. Hypertension

Stress is a major cause of increased blood pressure. An increase in blood pressure for a long time can cause hypertension. Job issues or social strains can lead to such health issues.

7. Digestive Problems

Digestive problems are also caused by stress because the nervous system controls digestion. Muscles of the digestive system can be affected due to stress. It may also result in abdominal pain and severe constipation.

8. Sleep Problems

Stressed people experience difficulty in sleep at night. They mostly use pills for a calm sleep.

9. Auto-immune Disorder

The individuals, who are under extreme stress, may suffer from lower body ability to fight against diseases and infections. This condition is called autoimmune disorder.

10. Aging and Premature Death

According to research, stress can cause early aging and premature death. It may increase the process of aging 9-16 more years.

Ways To Manage Stress
Ways To Manage Stress

Ways to Getting Rid of Stress

Some simple things help us to be normal in the conditions of stress. Yoga is a helpful technique for releasing stress. Drinking water and taking deep breaths are also beneficial for the prevention of health problems caused by stress. My next blog will discuss these ways in detail. Keep connected!

Do you experience stress? Are you going through any of the health problems that are discussed in this article?

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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.

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