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Preventing Common Disorders Caused by Stress

By Edited Dec 28, 2013 0 0

People in our society today are so

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caught up in their own fast-paced lives that they tend to push themselves and their bodies harder.  They are subjected to stress and pressure arising from health concerns, family matters and work responsibilities.  People also tend to plan their day-to-day activities and end up doing the same routine every single day.  Exposure to stress-causing activities and ignoring their bodies’ basic needs can lead to several disorders.

The following are some of the most common disorders resulting from stress overload and tips on how to prevent them.


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As defined, obesity is a condition wherein a person’s body has stored excessive fat.  Persons who are under a great amount of stress have a higher chance to be obese.  One way that people used to cope with stress is through eating unreasonably, a condition popularly known as stress-eating.

Studies show that stress causes higher levels of cortisol, the stress hormone.  High levels of cortisol in the bloodstream can lead to increase abdominal fat which can result later to other metabolic disorders, strokes or even heart attacks.  Every one of us should eat a balanced diet to control the amount of hormones in a normal level.  You should also try to eat food products that are produced organically.  Food containing protein can lighten your mood and give you the energy you need to do your daily tasks.


Asthma is a condition that affects the passages that carry air to your lungs and back.  It is a long-lasting, recurrent and incurable disorder.  People who have asthma can experience tightening of the chest and coughing which result to difficulty of breathing. 

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Studies show that stress can worsen the condition of people with asthma.  Stress can weaken the immune system of a person which leads to more severe and frequent asthma attacks.

In addition to this, stressed people have the tendency to smoke to cope with it.  Tobacco smoke has been the cause of higher asthma prevalence in children and adolescents.  If you have asthma, keep in mind that you have to be well-rested.  Don’t push yourself too hard or engage in strenuous activities.  For people who smoke and has asthma, you should quit smoking to maintain good functioning of your lungs.  Also keep in mind to avoid places where you can be exposed to secondhand smoke from other smokers.

Accelerated Aging

Stress and pressure in our environment can add 9 to 17 years to your physical appearance.  Do you know anyone who wants to look older by 9 to 17 years?  I don’t think so.  People have devised ways to look younger by manufacturing products that helps you to defy age.  What they don’t know is that being stressed can make them look older.

Studies show that chromosomes in the DNA should effects of accelerated aging in people who are subjected to a great amount of stress every day.  The skin may also lose its elasticity and become dry and rough.  To help avoid this, people should exercise, eat healthy and sleep well. Vitamin intake should also help keep your skin fresh and smooth.  Also, you should organize your life so that when certain things happen, you will be prepared and not be extremely stressed anymore.



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