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Stress Illness: What Are Stress-Related Illnesses and Health Risks?
If you're often stressed out, you can end up dealing with stress-related illness that can put your health at risk. Not only can chronic stress lower the quality of your life, but it can also shorten your life.
In today’s society, most people are inundated with overwhelming stress. For those constantly dealing with excessive and chronic stress, the body’s fight-or-flight response is constantly on. In turn, the resulting stress hormones released are chronically high.
Long-term and constant exposure to high levels of cortisol, adrenaline and other powerful stress hormones can disrupt many processes in the body. This is toxic to your body and it can put you at increased risk for numerous stress-related illnesses and other health problems, including obesity, high blood pressure, digestive problems, heart disease, memory impairment, decreased immunity and worsening of other diseases.
Chronic stress can increase your risk for a stroke and heart attack as well as change the outcome of cancer and other illnesses. In addition, even small and persistent stress of daily life can make you age faster.
Unfortunately, there are many causes of stress and they can't be completely avoided. But, you can reduce and manage your stress. By using effective stress management techniques, you can prevent the damaging effects of stress to your body. You can avoid stress-related illnesses that can lower the quality of your life as well as shorten your life.