The Relationship between Stress and Aging

Notice any undesirable health changes recently? Do you notice your skin seems dry and your hair falls? Could it be an illness or another symptom of stress? Indeed, stress can bring about many changes in the body, which also can eventually lead to premature aging of your cells. Here are the ways on how your stress influences aging.

Stress from your Job. Research studies find that there is a significant change in the length of telomeres in relation to work stress. These results were deducted from the study entitled: Work-Related Exhaustion and Telomere Length: A Population-Based Study of Ahola K, Sirén I, Kivimäki M, Ripatti S, Aromaa A, et al conducted in a selected working group in Finland. This study showed that cells with short telomeres significantly accelerate cell damage, death and getting older. This means that the more stress you get from your job, or the less you were able to control the stress, the more you will feel and see the effects of your body damage and aging.

Stress can affect almost every system in the body. Because stress affects the basic core of the human body, it is but logical to expect that its effects are multi-system. It can accelerate the speed of your heart rate, influence you to eat more than is necessary, develop kidney, bile and liver stones, thicken your blood with cholesterol, upset your stomach as well as impair your hearing and sight. One of the factors that make dementia develop faster than they should during the aging process is the consistent presence of stress in your life during your younger years. If you do not cope with stress well, chances are, you will be availing needing some help.

What you can do is listen to what your body is saying. Most of the time, when you feel stressed, you will notice quite an amount of hair falls from your head or consistent episodes of migraine. Stress can also manifest in your skin, since it is the first line of defense. You will notice that it becomes increasingly dry and prone to develop injuries from minor scratching or insect bites when you are exposed to a lot of stress. Needless to say, this is how important that you learn to cope with stress effectively on a daily basis.

Stress affects brain cells. As mentioned above, stress plays a role in the rate of aging by the cells. Your brain also contains cells. In fact, your body is composed of aggregate of cells which can be subjected to stress. Until now, what causes Alzheimer’s disease is still unknown. However, protein plaque deposits on the brain are showing significant changes in the brain. The same process is also linked to stress as the main triggering mechanism.

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