How Stress Can Hurt Us

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It has been estimated that two-thirds of all visits to physicians are for stress-related problems. Recent evidence indicates that the physical changes associated with stress may contribute to the leading causes of death – heart disease and cancer.

The effects of stress include the following:

  • Stress can cause chronic fatigue, digestive upsets, headaches, and back pain. 
  • Stress can affect the blood cells that help you fight off infection, so you are more likely to get colds and other diseases. 
  • Constant stress can increase blood pressure and can increase the risk for stroke. 
  • Stress can increase the danger of heart attacks, particularly if you are often angry and mistrustful. 
  • Stress can make an asthma attack worse. 
  • Stress triggers behaviors that contribute to death and disability, such as smoking, alcoholism, drug abuse, and overeating. 
  • Stress can lead to diminished sexual desire and an inability to achieve orgasm. 
  • Stress makes it harder to take other steps to improve health, such as giving up smoking or making changes in diet.