the Effects of
stress on the Body
Stress has an immediate effect on your body. In the short term, that’s not necessarily a bad thing, but chronic stress puts your health at risk.
In response to perceived danger, the hypothalamus places an order for stress hormones. Read more.
Stress triggers the “fight or flight” response that can save you from danger. Read more.
Headache is a common side effect of chronic stress. Read more.
Prolonged stress can interfere with sleep and cause insomnia. Read more.
Chronic stress can cause additional anxiety and lead to depression. Read more.
Stress causes you to breathe faster so you can take in more oxygen. If you already have respiratory problems, you might have trouble breathing. Read more.
Stress hormones make your heart pump faster so that blood can reach vital organs and limbs quickly. Read more.
Stress hormones, constricted blood vessels, and a pounding heart can raise blood pressure. That’s all right in the short term, but it’s a real danger of chronic stress. Read more.
Over time, stress takes a toll on your heart, raising your risk of heart attack. Read more.
Your liver ramps up glucose production to give you energy for that “fight or flight” response. Read more.
Your liver releases extra glucose into your bloodstream. Too much glucose for too long puts you at risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Read more.
You digestive system feels the impact of stress. You might get heartburn or have acid reflux. Read more.
Your aching stomach may be a sign that you’re overstressed. You might even have diarrhea or develop constipation. Read more.
Stress makes your muscles tense up. If you aren’t able to relax them, you may develop aches and pains all over your body. Read more.
A little stress might make a man more aroused, but chronic stress kills the mood. Read more.
Fluctuating hormones can throw your menstrual cycle off or stop it all together. Read more.
Low testosterone levels may cause erectile dysfunction or impotence. Read more.
Stress wreaks havoc on the reproductive system in both men and women and may make it harder to conceive. Read more.
Stress activates your immune system to protect you, but if it continues too long, it has the opposite effect. Read more.
If your immune system isn’t working at full capacity, you’re more likely to get an infection or develop a disease. Read more.
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