Cortisol released by stress damages your heart


Stress is known as the disease of the 21st century because there are many situations that trigger pressure for long periods of time, whether due to work, family, economic reasons or a mishap with friends, and even for minimal reasons. However, wanting to do everything and at the same time not being able to do anything is counterproductive: in addition to affecting the mental plane, the body is also interfered with, mainly the heart.

The cortisol it is a hormone that helps to recover from stress and to remain in a state of homeostasis (balance) adequate; However, when it increases, it chronically affects health, causing cardiovascular risk effects such as the metabolic syndrome and its components and accelerated atherosclerosis.

A study published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, evaluated for six years the urine properties of 861 people at random in Italy, over 65 years of age and through a sample (excluding those suffering from renal insufficiency), to measure cortisol levels, also known as stress hormone

They were divided into groups of three. Those with the most ingrained stress hormone were five times more likely to suffer cardiovascular disease that could end their lives.

Unfortunately, 186 patients died during the study period, 41 of them due to strokes and heart attacks, in which it was clearly observed that high amounts of stress were present. It is very important to know that any situation that seems to have no solution should be taken with care and thinking before stressing, as it could trigger death.

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