How Stress is Harming Your Body

Life can be stressful. Whether the stress comes from work, school, family, relationships, finances, or anything else, that stress can take a harsh toll on the body without you even realizing it!

Impacts on your body

Stress symptoms can be easily mistaken for illness. Knowing the signs of stress can help manage the symptoms and prevent harm to your physical, mental, and behavioral health. Here are a few ways stress impacts your body.

  • Cardiovascular system. Stress can put a strain on your heart by affecting factors that can lead to heart disease like high blood pressure and high cholesterol levels. According to the American Heart Association, continuous stress can cause inflammation in the coronary arteries which can increase the risk of a heart attack.
  • Nervous system. When under stress, your body switches to "fight or flight" mode as a response to fight off the perceived threat. When this happens, your nervous system signals your body to release adrenaline and cortisol. These hormones then cause your heart to beat faster, your blood pressure rises, and increases glucose levels.
  • Respiratory system. A common symptom of stress is hyperventilation which is when you begin to breathe harder and faster. This rapid breathing can cause panic attacks. For people with asthma and chronic lung diseases, stress can be extremely harmful and worsen the symptoms.
  • The brain. When experiencing stress, the brain sends a distress signal to the rest of the body and the nervous system to turn to the “fight or flight” mode. This response causes cortisol to be released to help restore lost energy and high levels of cortisol can impact the brain’s ability to function properly.
  • The liver. A study from the University of Edinburgh showed that stress levels are connected to an increased risk of death from liver disease. Similar to how stress affects the cardiovascular system, high levels of stress increase risk factors that are linked to liver disease like obesity and raised blood pressure.

Stress management

Stress is almost unavoidable and is a very common part of life but there are ways to help manage, reduce, and even prevent stress for a happier, healthier life. A few stress management tips include:

  • Keep a positive attitude. Remember that things don’t always go as planned but that is normal.
  • Know your limits. Don’t push yourself past your limits physically, emotionally, or mentally.
  • Stay active. Staying active helps you stay healthy which allows your body to fight stress better.
  • Have “you” time. Take some time out of your busy schedule to focus on yourself.
  • Sometimes it is okay to take a step back to unwind and recoup from daily stress.
  • Stay social. Stay socially active so that you can have support from the people you enjoy being around.
  • Say “No.” If something seems out of your limits, and will only add stress to your life, just say “No.”
  • Get treatment if you need it. Sometimes support outside of your home and family can be helpful like a psychologist or other professionals trained in stress management.

Avoiding and reducing stress can be hard but it is important for a healthy lifestyle. Being healthy is more than just eating well and getting a good workout. If you are trying to live a healthier lifestyle, stay ahead of stress by being prepared for stressful situations. One great way to start is by understanding your health. Knowing your health can help you make better decisions for your health so that you can be the happiest, healthiest you!

At Fibronostics, our passion for non-invasive digital diagnostics drives us towards creating solutions that allow you to monitor risk and detect disease, with the goal of eventually forgoing the traditional biopsies and scans currently common practice.

That’s why we developed the LiverFASt™ family of tests for monitoring risk and detecting disease in your liver – the largest organ in your body connected to many common health risks. Allow us to help you understand the health of your liver so that you can stay ahead of the silent killer of Liver Disease and live a happy, healthy life!

Contact us via email, or by phone at 1-888-552-1603 today to learn more about our LiverFASt™ family of diagnostic tests. 


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