Learning to manage stress is an important step to leading a healthier life. Stress has been shown to cause a number of health issues. Some of these stress related health issues are an increase in cardiovascular disease, hyper tension, increased risk for diabetes, etc. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder has also been shown to create the same risks as well. PTSD is a major source of stress for its victims. This does not just include combat veterans but victims of crimes, accidents, and major life changing events. Please read the article below for an in depth look at how PTSD can affect one’s health.
By MARILYNN MARCHIONE
From Huffington Post
Learn to Manage Stress to Reduce Health Risks
Stress does bad things to the heart. New studies have found higher rates of cardiac problems in veterans with PTSD, New Orleans residents six years after Hurricane Katrina and Greeks struggling through that country’s financial turmoil.
Disasters and prolonged stress can raise “fight or flight” hormones that affect blood pressure, blood sugar and other things in ways that make heart trouble more likely, doctors say. They also provoke anger and helplessness and spur heart-harming behaviors like eating or drinking too much.
“We’re starting to connect emotions with cardiovascular risk markers” and the new research adds evidence of a link, said Dr. Nieca Goldberg, a cardiologist at NYU Langone Medical Center and an American Heart Association spokeswoman.
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In order to manage stress first you need to identify your stress trigger. This has been said numerous times but it always holds true. You then must find a way to eliminate that trigger or learn to adapt it to your life. With PTSD it is a little harder. Many people who suffer from it try and fight their PTSD throughout their lives. This is why it is important for stress management counselors to learn the back history of their clients and deal with their triggers before any chronic health care problems set in.
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