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Can stress in my marriage make me sick?

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  • A Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD, Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease), answered
    Marriage Stress and Illness
    Stress in a marriage can slow our immune response to infections and other ailments. Learn more in this video with Dr. Oz and Drs. Edward and Sue Hallowell.


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  • A Dr Charles Sophy, MD, Adolescent Medicine, answered

    Yes, stress in a marriage can slow your immune response to infections and other ailments.


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  • A Dr. Brenda K. Wade, PhD, Psychology, answered
    Absolutely. When you are experiencing stress, your brain reacts by releasing the steroid hormone, cortisol. Though small doses of cortisol are perfectly normal, excessive release of cortisol weakens the immune system, reduces bone formation, disrupts the reproductive system, and raises blood pressure.
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