6 Deadly Effects of Stress (beware of the 6th especially)

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According to data, 46% of working class people suffer from some form of stress.

What is stress?

  • Stress is one way of the body’s response to threat or danger.
  • Some amount of stress is beneficial and can help in uncomfortable situations such as during exam to concentrate, during a game to focus, etc.
  • It can also help you meet your goals as it helps to stay focused.
  • It has two types- Acute(caused due to a sudden event) and chronic(built up over time).

How chronic stress affects us?

  1. Decreases Immunityimmunity photo

    It decreases immunity in the long run by affecting cytokine profiles. (more prone are the elderly people. So tell your elders in the family to not take much stress and take life easy.). It also leads to slower recovery from illness and physical harm.

  2. Increases blood pressure.

    blood pressureWhen a person is stressed, the heart starts pumping blood at a faster rate, which increases blood pressure and thus

  3. Disturbs Sleep

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    According to this study, which took 330 middle-aged women for the experiment, stress is one of the major disturbers of sleep and thus you are more likely to have insomnia. People who are stressed will roll on the bed, see time, roll again, see time again and this will continue and they tend to do something which relaxes or fatigues them which then helps them to sleep eventually.

  4. Irregular eating habits

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    People stressed will sleep less as mentioned in above point and these people also tend to develop irregular eating habits, such as a decrease in protein, increase in fatty foods, increase in overall calories, eating at irregular times. Thus stressed people tend to gain weight at a fast rate.

  5. Affect digestive system

    Affecting digestive systemAccording to Dr. Howard Mertz, stress has a direct impact on the digestive system. You may have felt uneasiness when you are in a stressed situation just before an exam or speech, etc. These include symptoms such as diarrhoea, constipation, vomiting, heartburn, etc

  6. Affects reproductive systems

    It can decrease the level of testosterone in males and further can lead to erectile dysfunction or may hinder the sperm production. In women, it can lead to delay in the menstrual cycle. According to this study, children of mother’s with high stress during pregnancy have high chances to develop autism, ADHD.

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