Monday, January 14, 2013

If you THINK you're stressed out it’s enough to cause problems

         Good Day World!

Remember the old saying, “It’s only as bad as you think it is…?”

After analyzing a half dozen studies, researchers have come to the conclusion if you think you’re stressed it’s enough to give you a higher rate of coronary heart disease. That’s right. Worry warts be warned; worrying is causing you some serious problems.

As I always caution in all surveys, studies, and polls, take the results with a grain of salt. Most of the time they’re not definitive because of flawed methodologies and politics. However, after having said that, it doesn’t hurt to use common sense when considering a course of action after reading or hearing about a study,survey, or poll. 

“As if being stressed weren't bad enough, thinking you're stressed might also cause serious problems. Turns out, perceived stress, or how much you think you're stressed, is associated with a higher risk of coronary heart disease, according to a new study published in the American Journal of Cardiology.

Researchers analyzed six studies to see how perceived stress affects your ticker. Each of the studies asked participants to self-report intense or frequent feelings of stress and then followed each participant for about 14 years to see if they were diagnosed with, hospitalized, or died from coronary heart disease. What they found: Participants who reported high levels of stress had a 27 percent higher risk of developing coronary heart disease. (Did you know you can lower anxiety with your diet? Try these 9 Stress-Relieving Foods.)” (Source)

Time for me to walk on down the road…

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