The correlation between stress and diseases

Everyone feeling stress in their life in different ways. So, here I am trying to tell about the correlation between stress and diseases, how people will be suffering by stress in life.

Life is too short, to stress yourself with people who don’t even deserve to be an issue in your life.

Stress is actually a normal part of life. We face much stress in life in different ways. But, too much stress can seriously interfere with our jobs, family life and health.

Not only me, everyone expresses stress from time to time. In today’s life, we have a lot of responsibilities at home and at work. If we can not keep the stress under control, it can lead to serious health issues such as high blood pressure, heart disease and diabetes and others.

To understand, the correlation between stress and disease, it is important to know the four general reactions to stress.

The reactions are depicted as:

1) Stress — normal alert followed by an action of defence.

2) Psychotic– The alarm may be misinterpreted or even ignored.

3) Neurotic– alert or anxiety is so great that the defence become ineffective.

4) Psychosomatic– defends by mind fails, alert transmitted to the body system.


Prolonged alertness and tension can produce psychological disorders, involving specific body organs ranging from Minor ailments like asthma, arthritis, eczema, constipation, palpitation and disturbed sleep. But, prolonged stress can increase our susceptibility to major stress disorders like Hypertension, ischemic heart disease, diabetes or cancer which are life-threatening by lowering our resistance and immune system.

The common stress-related diseases are:–

1) Cardiovascular

2) Hypertension.. Uncontrolled blood pressure can strain the heart and contribute to the hardening of blood vessels.


3) Ischemic heart disease — this can prevent angina or heart attack. It indicates inadequate blood supply to the heart because of the narrowing of arteries. Stress is a major contributor to the development of atherosclerosis, increased stickiness of blood cells, spasm of the coronary arteries which led to ischemia.

4) Palpitation– It is the result of increased rate and force of heart contraction.

5) Migraine and headache — stress can lead to contraction of the muscles in the scalp, neck, forehead and cause tension headache. A migraine headache is a throbbing pain and is often accompanied by nausea or vomiting.


6) Chronic Fatigue — A constant feeling of tiredness is the commonest symptoms of stress. Fatigue can develop due to stress whether physical, mental or emotional, which drains us of energy.

7) Ulcer– ulcer can cause aggravating peptic ulcer disease. Stress leads to increased secretion of acid and thus causes damage to the inner lining of the stomach leading to ulceration.

Peptic ulcer problem

8) Diabetes mellitus– Though, stress may not directly cause diabetes .it can certainly trigger latent diabetes into a full-fledged one or can aggravate an already present diabetes.

So, except for all the diseases, some are feeling backache, irritable bowel syndrome, asthma and the common cold and cough.

Stress can be a major causal factor in physiological problems like depression, phobia, anxiety and other mental illness.

Now, it is understood that some degree of stress is required for our functioning. But, prolonged, pervasive and high level of stress can ruin our life – both physically and mentally. Thus, it is important to recognise It in the early stage and intervene to prevent the development of serious health hazards.

So, stop stressing. Take a deep breath. Everything will be okay. You can do this.

Dr S.k.jha

Now , I hope you all will your life stress-free.


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