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Is Stress #1 Health Problem

Stress is America’s #1 Health Problem


Stress Back in 1983

caregiver stressWay back in 1983, Time magazine printed a story about stress.  The called it “The Epidemic of the 8o’s” The claimed that it was becoming our #1 health problem.  That being said, it has certainly  gotten worse. A multitude of different survey from different sources have confirmed it.  Adult Americans tell us that they are under significantly more stress than a 10 Years ago.

Prevention magazine Stress survey found found

had a write in survey.  The results, nearly 70 Percent of Individuals have the feeling of being under “great stress” at least 1 day out of the week.  Other report that they have the same feeling 3-4 times a week

The same survey  done by prevention magazine 30 years ago,  found only 50-55% claimed to be stressed on a weekly basis.  The current estimate,  70 – 85%of all visits to Health care professionals come from stress related problems.

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Job Stress leads to High Blood Pressure

stressThere is absolutely zero doubt that Job Stress is the #1 source of stress.  This being said, the recent survey shows that stress levels have gone up in kids, teens, college students as well as Seniors.  There are many reasons such as peer pressure among teens.

 The increase ind crime and violence   Many have the problem of substance abuse as well as many other unhealthy lifestyle choices.  It can come from social isolation and the loneliness it may cause.  People losing family and other strong sources of social support are powerful stress creators.

Contemporary stress is more pervasive

Contemporary is much more pervasive and persistent.  It begins, primarily,  from psychological issues and fears  Many times it is ingrained  in the psyche.

 It will create a condition called Hypertension or commonly called high blood pressure,

stressDoctors refer to it as  part of cardiovascular disease.  Blood pressure is the force of the  blood pushing against the inside of the artery walls as it goes through the veins. Like air in a tire or water in a hose, blood fills arteries to a certain top capacity.  

In the event that there is too much air pressure, you can Pop the tire. As well as too much water pushing through a garden hose can damage the hose, high blood pressure can threaten healthy arteries and lead to life-threatening conditions such as heart disease and stroke.

Some reactions we have no control over such as:

•People’s heart beat rate and high blood pressure will rise attempting to increase blood flow to one’s own brain to improve decision making,

blood Glucose (sugar) will increase so as  to provide extra energy as the result of the breakdown of glycogen, fat in addition to protein stored in the body,

blood pressure•high blood pressure blood is kept from the digestive system because it is not needed for  digestion,so it could go to the muscles of the arms and legs.  Ancient survival techniques  to provide more strength in combat, or greater speed in getting away from danger

•clotting happens quickly to prevent blood loss from cuts as well as internal bleeding.

Survival techniques from our ancestors used their Stress

stressThese  been exquisitely honed over the course of Mankind’s evolution to be able to save lives.  This being said modern stress is different from being eaten by a saber-toothed cat. Modern stress comes for getting stuck in traffic, fights family members, that often occur several times a day.

 The problem is that our bodies still react with the same fight or flight response.  With this type of stress, it is easy to see how High Blood Pressure, strokes, heart attacks and  diabetes are called “Diseases of Civilization”.  So just relax to keep your stress under control.