Stress-related Illnesses and Disease

Stress is linked to a multitude of illnesses and diseases. Stress impacts various systems of the body (and mind) and has been linked to inflammation, depression, aging, coronary disease, skin problems, and much more.  Stress can be physical, biological, or emotional.  Different types of stressors can work together causing problems system-wide.  Environmental stress or emotional stress are linked to oxidative stress and vice versa.

What are some of the most significant health problems related to stress:

  • Heart disease.
  • Asthma.
  • Obesity.
  • Diabetes. Stress
  • Headaches. Stress
  • Gastrointestinal problems (IBS, digestion, absorption, food sensitivity)
  • Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Accelerated aging.
  • Premature death.
  • Ulcers
  • Headache
  • Muscle tension or pain
  • Chest pain
  • Fatigue
  • Change in sex drive
  • Stomach upset
  • Sleep problems
  • Anxiety
  • Restlessness
  • Lack of motivation or focus
  • Feeling overwhelmed
  • Irritability or anger
  • Sadness or depression
  • Overeating or under-eating
  • Angry outbursts
  • Drug or alcohol abuse
  • Tobacco use
  • Social withdrawal
  • PTSD
  • Lowered immune function
  • Breast cancer
  • Small ‘t’ trauma and large ‘T’ trauma

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