How Stressed Are You?
We’re all familiar with stress, whether it’s from taking on too many projects at work or battling traffic to pick up the kids from school. Whatever the source of your stress, the frequency with which you feel stressed and how you handle stressful situations can help -- or hurt -- your health.
“High levels of continuous stress can raise your blood pressure, harm your immune system and increase your risk of heart attack and stroke,” says Keith Roach, MD, Chief Medical Officer of Sharecare and co-creator of the RealAge® Test. On the flip side, a little stress is good for us. “We have higher performance levels with a little bit of stress than with no stress at all,” says Dr. Roach. Being able to effectively manage stress can make your RealAge 2.4 years younger if you’re a man and 1.1 years younger if you’re a woman. That’s why we factored stress into our RealAge Youngest & Oldest Cities in America Report.