First Med Urgent Care Shares Information About Stress
In part one of this urgent care blog series, we listed 3 out of 9 ways that stress can impact a person’s life. Today, our urgent care staff wanted to dive in a bit more and give you 3 more ways, in part 2 of this series, which describe how stress can introduce other problems.
1. Stress can ruin your teeth and gums.
Some people respond to stressful situations through nervous tics or by grinding their teeth. While people often grind their teeth unconsciously or when they sleep, it can do lasting damage to your jaw and wear their teeth thin.
A multi-university study, in 2012, also linked stress to gum disease. Researchers concluded that the pressures of marriage, parenthood, work, or lack of romantic involvement were factors in periodontal disease.
Moreover, those at greatest risk were people who became highly emotional when dealing with stress caused by their finances.
2. Stress can ruin your heart.
Stress can physically damage your heart muscle. Stress damages your heart, because stress hormones increase your heart rate and constrict your blood vessels. This forces your heart to work harder, and increases your blood pressure.
According to the American Institute of Stress, the incidence rate of heart attacks and sudden death increases after major stress inducing incidents, like hurricanes, earthquakes, and tsunamis.
3. Stress can make you gain weight.
In the ancient days of hunter-gatherers, harsh conditions forced people to eat as much as possible when food was available in order to store up for lean times. That compulsion lives on inside us, and comes out when we are stressed.
Researchers at the University of Miami documented that when people find themselves in stressful situations, they are likely to consume 40 percent more food than normal. Those scientists recommended turning off the nightly newscast before eating dinner, to keep bad news — and overeating — at bay.
Our urgent care staff hopes that this information will help you make decisions in your life which may keep your stress levels lower. After all, once you’re aware of the many ways stress can negatively impact you, the more equipped you are to defeat those “demons”.
Our urgent care staff feel it is important to share this information as it may keep you from becoming unnecessarily ill. If you’d like to know even more about the negative impacts of stress, feel free to come back in a few weeks to read the final part of our urgent care blog series on this topic!