21 Ways Stress Can Ruin Your Health

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Many people know the feelings that stress can bring to their bodies on an emotional level. What you may not realize, though, is that stress can affect both your long term and short term health. This may lead to problems that can shorten your lifespan and make it more difficult to enjoy the life you want to live.

While everyone has stress in their lives, knowing the harmful effects of it on your body can give you the impetus you need to make changes. A healthy diet and exercising can help you weather the stress in your life and lower the risk of numerous stress-related illnesses.

Here are 21 long-term effects of stress on your health:

1. Obesity

Weight gain and obesity are often by-products of a stressful life and people who already have high body max indexes are even more susceptible to stress-related weight gain. Whether stress makes you overeat or even binge eat in order to deal with it, or you simply do not find enough time to exercise, the storage of fat that you gain tends to migrate to your belly.

Researchers have found that high levels of stress increase the levels of cortisol in your body, the stress hormone that has been linked to cravings for sugar and fat. Cortisol seems to make the body deposit more fat around your middle when you are stressed compared with your hips or legs. It is the fat located in this area that tends to cause the most health problems. Fortunately, exercise can help you control both stress and belly fat.

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