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How chronic stress effects health
How chronic stress effects health

How Chronic Stress Effects on Health

There is no doubt that life is stressful. Moving home, family conflicts, job troubles, debt, the list is endless. It is often difficult to be able to accurately know how stress effects on health. Some stress is good for us the types that makes us up our game and strive to succeed, is helpful. But when stress becomes sinister and all invasive it can have a major impact on our health.

Medical Express Clinic Private Gps and Doctors elaborate here some of the indications that you might be suffering from stress:

Unhealthy Cravings for Food

Do you find yourself guzzling down pizza and buried under chocolate wrappers when you are stressed? The reason for that is a hormone called Cortisol that is released by the body when we are stressed, and that has been linked to a craving for fat or sugar.

Storing Fat

Being stressed can mean that the body will store more fat and increase the size of fat cells in the body leading to an increase of weight. That will heighten the risk of obesity, high cholesterol and high blood pressure. All these are key factors in the development of heart disease. Taking regular exercise will help combat this fat storage, and will also reduce your stress levels. Find a regimen and stick with it.

Cardiac Risk

Suffering from chronic stress could affect heart health. The precise link between the heart and stress has not been established but people in stressful jobs have been found to be more prone to heart attacks than those who do not have stress at work.

Sleeping Habits

Everyone has a sleepless night now and again but chronic stress can lead to severely disrupted sleep patterns and even the development of sleep related disorders.

Severe Headaches

Stress can bring on anything from a minor headache to a full-blown migraine triggered by the fight or flight chemicals that are realeased by the body and make the muscles tense.

Losing Hair

Being severely stressed can cause your hair to fall out. This is the result of alopecia areata, an autoimmune condition. Where stress and anxiety feature then a mental disorder that causes the sufferer to pull their own hair out, can result.

Blood Sugar Rise

Blood sugar can rise as a result of stress and those suffering from type 2 diabetes may find that when they are stressed their blood sugar readings are higher.

Digestive Disturbance

Heartburn, stomach cramps and diarrhoea can all be caused by stress or worsened if you already suffer from them.

Rises in Blood Pressure

Blood pressure rises at times of stress. Those rises are a result of the constricting of blood vessels that speed up the heart rate. Mostly this will correct itself when the stressful situation has gone but it is not clear what the result of chronic stress will be.

Brain Tissues

There is research that says that brain tissue actually shrinks in the areas that regulate self-control and emotions where there is major stress.

Back Pain

Muscle tensing is a feature of stress and can lead to pain in the back either transient or longer lasting.


An increased risk of stroke has been linked with stress. Even if someone is otherwise healthy, if they have had a stressful event in the preceding year they can be at increased risk of stroke.

Premature Aging

Traumatic events or stress have been documented to shorten telomeres, the protective ends of chromosomes in cells, causing those cells to age faster.


Stress can increase the autoimmune response to asthma triggers such as animal dander, dust or pollen.


Those sensitive to stress might experience seizure-like symptoms, that can include far-off staring and convulsions in high stress situations.

Although the list of complications from stress is long, a few changes in habit can make a big difference. In such cases you may visit our private GP in central London and consult with doctors to get more information.