First Med Urgent Care Shares Information About Stress
In part one and part two of this urgent care blog series, we have listed several ways in which stress can cause a slew of other issues for people who don’t get it under control. In the final part of this series, our urgent care staff will go over another 3 ways to demonstrate how stress can be troublesome in the long-term.
1. Stress can make you look older.
Chronic stress contributes significantly to premature aging.
Researchers at the University of California, San Francisco, discovered that stress shortens telomeres — structures on the end of chromosomes — so that new cells can’t grow as quickly. This leads to the inevitable signs of aging: wrinkles, weak muscles, poor eyesight, and more.
2. Stress weakens your immune system.
The connection between mind and body is often underestimated.
It could be stated that nearly everyone has experienced a cold when they could least afford to have it happen. That’s because the high demands that stress puts on the body makes the immune system suffer, which makes you more vulnerable to colds and infections.
The American Psychological Association (APA) recommends calming exercises, as well as social outlets, to relieve stress.
3. Stress can lead to long-term disability.
The potential dangers created by even mild stress should not be underestimated. They can lead to long-term disability serious enough to render you unable to work.
Researchers reached this conclusion after their five-year study of 17,000 Swedish working adults, ages 18 to 64, published in 2011 by the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health.
One in four study subjects in the Stockholm area who had mild stress were awarded disability benefits for physical conditions like angina, high blood pressure, and stroke. Nearly two-thirds drew benefits for a mental illness.
Editor’s Note: This story was originally published on August 27, 2013 and was updated by Patrick Keeffe on August 4, 2016.
Our urgent care staff hopes that this information spread over our 3-part urgent care blog series has been eye-opening. If you think you have too much stress in your life it might be time to consider some techniques to bring your stress levels down.
On behalf of First Med Urgent Care, we hope that you have a safe, happy, and low stress fall!