How Stress Affects Health

How Stress Affects Health

Long-term bouts with stress can lead to serious health problems and chronic stress can affect nearly every system in your body.

Stress can cause or exacerbate anxiety disorders, depression and abuse of alcohol or drugs. Stress can suppress the immune system, increase the frequency and severity of migraine headaches, asthma, and blood sugar fluctuations in diabetics. If you already have a health condition, stress can make it worse.

Stress has been associated with:

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  • Skin rashes
  • High blood pressure
  • Heart disease
  • Stomach ailments
  • Cancers
  • Aging