STRESS: The health risks and what you can do about it

By Dr. David Friedman

 

Stress!  It creeps up on you the moment you wake up.  You reflexively unlock your phone and check for emails, texts and tasks: things you should have done yesterday,  meeting requests,  bills to pay, deadlines to meet.  According to a 2014 study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, 75 percent of visits to primary care doctors are related to stress. The government’s Health and Safety Executive estimates that stress costs the economy over ten million working days annually. Some 43 per cent of all sick days are  attributed to stress.

Stress has been linked to many health issues including:  obesity, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, high cholesterol,  Alzheimer’s disease, stroke and even cancer!…..

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