5 Stress Related Illnesses, and how to Prevent Them?
Several medical studies conducted during recent years have confirmed findings from doctors and psychologists and others alike, that signs of stress are found in many common health problems. Heart diseases, insomnia, migraine headaches, illnesses, erectile dysfunction, asthma, obesity, Type 2 Diabetes and depression are some of the common health issues that are related to stress.
Below are listed some of the common health issues related to stress and the ways to prevent them.
1.) Heart diseases
It was long suspected by researchers that those with signs of stress have a higher risk of encountering heart problems and high blood pressure. Researchers have now found out that stress has a direct effect on blood vessels and heart.
Stress is also related to some other problems as smoking and obesity which are in turn related to heart diseases and increases the chances of one suffering from heart diseases. Sudden emotional stress can trigger serious cardiac problems including heart attacks.
Avoiding complications related to heart is not a tough task. One should follow a healthy life style, stop smoking, get plenty of exercise, sleep 7-8 hours per day and eat foods low in sugar, fat, cholesterol and free of trans-fats. This is vital to prevent the dangerous build up of deposits in the arteries that restrict blood flow. You should visit your doctor regularly and avoiding building up of conditions that encourage stress, which has been shown to cause high blood pressure and eventually leads to heart disease, heat attack, congestive heart failure and even stroke.
Signs of stress can worsen conditions related to Asthma. Studies have proven that the parent’s chronic stress might result in stress induced asthma in their children . Stress induced asthma complications result in breathing problems that can turn serious or life threatening in some cases.
Those prone to asthmatic attacks need to keep away from dust, poor air quality and pollen. People prone to asthma should take precautionary measures to keep away from conditions that encourage the disease spread. A range of natural and prescription medications are available that help minimize risks associated with asthma and help one lead a healthy life.
Meditation has been shown to reduce blood pressure and inflammation in the body that contributes to asthma attacks.
Stress leads to obesity with utmost certainty. People prone to stress tend to eat more and this in turn leads to weight gain, which is one of the most common causes of obesity. Excess fat storage in the belly, a high body mass index (BMI) and excessive production of the hormones cortisol and adenaline are sure signs that the problem is due to stress related complications.
While excess storage of fat in legs or hips is still unhealthy, fat in the belly is highly correlated to the production of fat hormones, adrenaline and cortisol.
If you are suffering from stress, is is important to find alternative solutions than excessive eating, such as exercise, relaxation and meditation. Not only will you remain healthy, but employing these alternatives will allow you to lead a healthy life style.
4.) Type 2 Diabetes
Stress related problem can worsen conditions related to Type 2 Diabetes. Studies have shown that stress can cause and worsen Type 2 Diabetes in two distinct ways. 1) Stress tends to increase the likelihood of untimely eating and drinking. Overeating, especially foods high in fat, sugar and cholesterol can impact proper production of insulin, which can lead to weight gain and Type 2 Diabetes.
Additionally, stress can raise glucose level of people who already suffer from Type 2 Diabetes. This can be a serious health complication, and the person’s condition can turn critical or life threatening, including heart disease, heart attack or stroke.
Those suffering from Type 2 Diabetes need to adopt a healthy lifestyle, including exercise, eliminating smoking and reducing foods high in sugar, fat and cholesterol.
Eat healthy and stay fit is the mantra for maintaining a healthy life style for those suffering from diabetes related complications.
5.) Depression and anxiety
This is perhaps the most common sign of stress that can impact a person’s health. A survey conducted recently came up with astonishing results. Those in stressful jobs are at a higher risk of developing depression. In fact about 80% of people in high pressure jobs are more prone to depression. The disease is a consequence of the stress that these people face at work, such as long hours, stressful working conditions, lack of opportunity and small office space.
Depression can turn suicidal if not addressed, and people who are prone to the same remain stressed at all times. The best strategy to follow is to avoid stress build up. This can be accomplished through counseling or meditation to relieve stress, talking to people or making a healthy lifestyle change to avoid situations that can cause depression.
Anxiety is another consequence of stress. In stressful conditions people often become anxious or may be plagued with chronic anxiety, and may take steps that can cause harm to their physical and mental well being, and this situation can lead to other health complication such as illness or disease.
People in this situation should try to avoid stress related complications, and seek appropriate medical attention.
Stress and anxiety can be a serious health issue, and leads to other health complications. The problem is frequently ignored or taken lightly by everyone concerned. Studies have shown that thousands of people die every year unnecessarily from stress related complications that could have been avoided with proper medical attention, or with holistic practice including meditation or relaxation techniques.
Maintain a healthy lifestyle, including diet, exercise and meditation, and keep away from stress. This is the best natural course of action to pursue to be in good health all the time.
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Ken Weiss is a health blogger who is passionate about natural and holistic cures for men’s health issues. He is the founder of menshealthcures.com