No one is immune to stress – not you, not me, not your yoga instructor. Here are some scary facts about Stress you may not have known:
- Feeds Cancer: Wake Forest University published a study that found when stressed, anti-cancer drugs were less effective at killing cancer cells. More over, the adrenaline produced also prevented cancer cells from dying.
- Increases your chance of Diabetes: We have known for some time that stress causes extreme cardiovascular effects like high blood pressure, palpitations, and heart attacks. Last year, the Journal of Occupational Medicine found that diet and energy expenditure changes when stressed produced hormone fluctuations consistent enough o classify patients as diabetic when there was no prior history of diabetes.
- Thinking about stress can be worse than stress itself. Several studies published in the American Journal of Cardiology showed that thinking about stressful events raised levels of C-reactive proteins. Similarly those that believed they were stressed had a higher risk of heart disease.
- Stress is contagious. A 2011 University of Hawaii study found that stress is as contagious as the common cold. Secondhand stress, or empathetic stress can be picked up just by observing someone who is highly expressive and anxious – verbally or nonverbally – and can negatively effect the nervous system by causing upset stomachs, insomnia, or anxiety itself.
Build your best defense against stress by managing your stressors with exercise, a healthy diet, and positive uplifting people. If you’re already stressed, give us a call! Acupuncture can help!