Even a little stress makes you chronically ill

It does not always have to be massive stress that ultimately makes people ill. Even low or moderate stress can cause chronic illness in the long run.

Autor: Dr. med. W. Tönnes 

 

Stress and chronic diseases

“The link between severe stress and the development of arthritis, COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), cardiovascular disease and diabetes is well established,” says Catharine Gale, a professor at the University of Southampton in the UK. “But what about the corresponding impact of low to moderate levels of stress, it has not been elucidated until now.”

Together with Kyle McLachlan from the University of Edinburgh, Gale has now conducted a study on this ( 2 ), which was published in June 2018 in the Journal of Psychosomatic Research. The researchers used data from 16,485 adults over a 3-year period. The data source was the UK Household Longitudinal Study, a large study investigating the health status of the population.

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