Stress and Disease

An interesting article in San Diego Eldercare directory informs readers that researchers have  figured out how stress makes people sick and can even kill them. Blood tests showed that a chemical called Interleukin-6 was much higher in stressed-out caregivers. Previous studies had found a link between IL-6 with heart disease, arthritis, osteoporosis, type-2 diabetes and some cancers. The caregivers study also found that increased IL-6 can linger for up to three years after a care recipient dies. The researchers believe that people who are stressed out tend to react by doing things that increase their IL-6. Some smoke, others overeat, they often don’t get enough exercise. This study is just one of many that highlight the link between stress and illness. Prolonged stress leads to dysautonomia, a state of imbalance in the functions of the internal organs that causes disease.