How can stress affect my health?

While short-term stress can give you the energy you need to get through a situation, chronic stress negatively affects your quality of life and can contribute to disease.
There are many harmful effects of chronic stress, including
  • increased risk of having a heart attack and dying suddenly from a heart event;
  • increased blood pressure, heart rate, and damage to the lining of artery walls (a contributor to cardiovascular disease);
  • elevated blood sugar levels if you have diabetes;
  • a weakened immune system and worsening of skin conditions such as eczema;
  • digestive problems and obesity
  • poor sleep, making you irritable and putting you on edge; and
  • increased risk for depression.
Dr. Michael Roizen, MD
Internal Medicine
When you’re faced with a stressor, your brain sets off a cascade of hormone-releasing events to defeat it. When the hormones adrenaline and cortisol are elevated, they age your arteries, destroy connections in your brain and damage your immune system -- hurting not just your happiness levels but also the insides of your body.
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