STRESSED OUT?: Not handling stress well can lead to serious health problems

Bradenton Herald — Stress can morph into many different forms, and in today’s world, it seems to be lurking everywhere. Hiding in your finances, waiting for you at your job, surprising you in your marriage, stalking you with the kids. You may feel like life has dealt you a bad deck of too much work and too many worries.

But what you may not realize is that, if handled the wrong way, stress can pose a threat to your physical and mental well-being, raining down an assortment of ailments.

“Many, if not most, interactions in a complex society result in a measure of stress,” said Dr. Michael Day of Cardiology Associates of Bradenton. “Consider the more primitive societies, such as Tibet, where people live longer without hypertension, diabetes, atherosclerosis, obesity, heart attack and stroke.”

Here in American, adults face a multiplicity of headaches, upset stomachs, high blood pressure, chest pain and insomnia from being over-stressed, according to to Stress also may contribute to heart problems, skin problems, asthma, arthritis, depression and anxiety.

So the next time you see a doctor, ask yourself if your ailments are caused by the existence of stress in your life. Chances are good they may be. The United States Center for Disease Control and Prevention states that stress accounts for two-thirds of family doctor visits.