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The Six Leading Causes of Death Can Be Attributed to Stress

Updated on December 11, 2019

Stress Lowers Your Bodies Natural Defenses Against Illness and Disease

Studies have shown that stress is one of the major causes of death. It's been linked to all six of the most common causes of death. And, is attributed to around 75% of all visits to a family physician. Stress is responsible for almost half of the death rate in people that are under 65 and causes numerous other illnesses.

During times of stress the body releases chemicals to aid you in re-acting to the event. These chemicals raise blood pressure, decrease the flow of blood to vital organs and several other things that are detrimental to good health.

Your body has natural cells that work to fight off infections and many other ailments. The chemicals released during stress, lowers the number of disease fighting cells that you have and leaves your body without it's natural protection.

Say No To Stress!
Say No To Stress!

No Way to Avoid Stress Completely

Everyone experiences stress, there's just no avoiding it. Whether it's from a job, the home or one of the hundreds other stressful situations. We all deal with stress on a regular basis. But, stress can literally kill you and learning ways to control it and deal with it is the only way to protect yourself.


Stress Can Be Linked To The Six Major Causes of Death

Stress is the natural response your body has to demands and events that occur on a daily basis. Contrary to what most people think, stress isn't just caused by bad experiences. Even some of the most enjoyable events in our lives can produce a lot of stress!

In response to stress the major organs go into a state of alert! And, chemicals are released into the bloodstream to help you deal with the situation. These natural chemicals provide the body with an extra boost of strength and energy to handle the event.

This extra physical power is a good thing if you're feeling stressed over an emergency or danger. But, when you're going through emotional stress, often there isn't an outlet to release the extra energy.

The American Medical Association credits stress as being the root of over 75% of all of the human diseases and illness. It is estimated that over 95 million people take medication each week for stress. And, studies have shown that stress is more likely to cause heart disease or cancer than even smoking cigarettes or eating a diet high in cholesterol!

Chronic Stress Can Be Fatal

— Connie Corder

Stress evolves from many different things both physical and emotional. With today's hectic lifestyles, often a large majority of stress comes from the workplace. In fact, mental disorders related to stress have been referred to as the fastest growing work related disease in America!

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, stress now accounts for around half of the deaths in people under 65 years of age. It also accounts for about two thirds of all the visits made to family doctors.

Over 20,000 studies have been performed on the effects of stress. One study carried out by the American Medical Association attributes stress as being a contributor in over 75% of all the illnesses today. It's a proven fact that stress is killing people from the inside out.

Research has discovered that people under a lot of stress have low levels of the natural cells that fight off infections, tumors and other ailments. And, the American Heart Association conducted a study that proved mental stress decreased the flow of blood to the heart.

In response to stress the muscles become tight and blood flow is even decreased to the joints. The slowed flow of blood makes digestion harder and makes it harder for the blood to perform it's job of removing wastes and supplying oxygen to the body.

The natural chemicals that are released during times of stress cause both blood pressure and cholesterol levels to rise. And, neither are good for your health when experienced for long periods of time.

The top six causes of death are cancer, lung ailments, heart disease, cirrhosis of the liver, accidents and suicide and stress can be linked to all of them. It causes ulcers, insomnia, headaches, anxiety, depression and even low self esteem.

Stress can be controlled through simple techniques that anyone can learn to do. Of course, stress can also be controlled through medications, but medications will actually just put more stress on your body!

Stress At The Desk? Find Ways To Calm Down! Your Life And Well Being Depends Upon It! Don't Let Stress Kill You!
Stress At The Desk? Find Ways To Calm Down! Your Life And Well Being Depends Upon It! Don't Let Stress Kill You!

The Symptoms That Stress Creates in The Body

In today's fast paced world there's not anyone that doesn't experience stress from time to time. It's literally almost impossible to live a stress free life, everyone has obstacles and challenges in their every day lives that create some stress. While most everyday situations cause minor stress, major events can quickly push you into a panic attack!

Just like everyone's bodies and emotional strengths are different, so are their reactions to stress. But, the physical responses are pretty much the same, your muscles begin to tense, you're breathing harder and your heart will greatly increase to a hard pounding. Your mouth might get dry, palms become sweaty and you may even experience nausea.

Stress leads to insomnia, irritability and can even effect your ability to concentrate. Most people have trouble sleeping when under a lot of stress and others develop full blown insomnia. It can cause you to feel overly tired all the time, which results in even less concentration on even simple daily activities.

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Some skin irritations and outbreaks of acne can even be attributed to the stress levels you have. The skins reaction to the increased production of certain types of hormones during stress can go from minor itching to breakouts of red blotches or even welts.

Some people experience dramatic mood changes, going from happy to bursting into tears in just minutes. You may also feel guilt, resentment, confusion or become quickly angered over even minor things. Extended battles with stress can lead you straight into depression!

Most of the symptoms of stress actually cause more stress! And, the damage it does to your body can lead to serious physical problems. Stress is attributed to high blood pressure, stroke, heart attack and many more potentially fatal health problems. And, stress is one of the biggest contributing factors in developing ulcers!

Stress Can Lead To Many Health Problems - Even Death
Stress Can Lead To Many Health Problems - Even Death

How To Cover Your Stress with a TARP!

Most of us have at one point used a tarp to cover something to protect it from the weather. Just as you protect material things with a tarp, TARP can help you protect your emotional and physical well being. TARP is a method of stress management that can help you control how you physically and emotionally react to stressful situations!

The "T" in TARP stands for tune in! To help prevent your stress from getting out of control, tune in to your bodies stress signals. Just like with any other ailment, early detection is very important. With stress early detection is key in preventing a full blown panic attack!

The next step is the "A", analyze the events or situation that caused the stress to start. While many things are beyond our control, some stressors can be eliminated or at least eased. But, you can't fix anything if you don't know what is causing the problem!

Don't Let Addictions Lead You Into More Stress!

Many people cope with stress by developing addictions! Whether it's drugs, alcohol, smoking or simply turning to food for comfort, addictions seem to be a way to escape the pressure for some people. However, most addictions can lead to even more stress and can cause even greater physical damage to your body.

For many people stress can be caused by simple things such as loud noise and even getting too hot. Preventing a flare-up of stress could be as simple as finding a quite place or a cooler location. However, no matter how much you analyze the situation, it's just a simple fact that many factors of stress are out of your control.

Now we move on to the "R", the way in which you respond to stressful situations is of utmost importance. Some people only use two methods, they either fight their problems head on or try to escape from them. While both methods might work in various situations, neither are a long term solution in most cases.

The "P" is geared toward prevention of stressful situations. Most people that exercise regularly don't have as many problems with stress. Eating properly and at regular intervals can also help you ward off stress. And, even simpler things such as avoiding caffeine can greatly decrease the effects that stress has on your body and mind.

With practice and early detection, you can actually learn to control how you deal with stress. But, following the simple steps of TARP can give you a good start in preventing or at least minimizing the number of stressful situations that you find yourself in!



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    • iguidenetwork profile image


      7 years ago from Austin, TX

      All I know is that stress causes skin breakouts and heart diseases but I never thought this would also lead to cancer. Thanks for the warning, now I may want to reassess my hectic lifestyle. Up and useful. :)

    • kentuckyslone profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago

      Thanks everyone! And I can use my advice about as much as anyone can. Sometimes things just get so busy we can barely keep ourselves from getting stressed. Sometimes you have to step out of the box and look at everything that's going on in your life, especially your daily routine and figure out ways to reduce the stress. It becomes second nature, almost habit to do this if one strives at it.

    • CarNoobz profile image


      7 years ago from USA

      Isn't that crazy?! I know that stress affects me in physical ways. Anxiety has a major impact on my life; it's even cost me jobs and ruined relationships. Great info here. Voted up and awesome.

    • peachpurple profile image


      7 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      I didn't know that stress could cause so many problems, even death. Glad to have read your hub. Must figure out what to do with the nasty stress. Voted useful

    • kentuckyslone profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago

      Hello Miller2232, Yes that is the truth. We should eliminate every bit of stress from our life that we can ESPECIALLY when it comes to worrying about things we have no control over.

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      Sinclair Miller III 

      7 years ago from Florida

      A lot of people stress about things that are out of their control.


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