According to one of the studies, stress can be viewed as a threatening object of an event, the reactions within our body can be a threat or the state of mind the proceeds in taking some action can be a response to the threat. Our body and mind respond to stress in a different way and its effects changes according to the severity of the stress, duration of the stress and it also depends on the person who is experiencing the stress.
Stress is considered as one of the risk factor in the development of heart disease. Stress affects the coronary artery and reduces the blood flow. In fact stress is one of the factor that lead to the development of myocardial ischemia. It is commonly known as heart attack and it occurs when the amount of blood that reaches the heart tissue through the coronary arteries is not enough and it affects the pumping of the heart. Cortisol which is a stress hormone is known to make to pumping of the heart harder. Also, stress is highly associated with the negative emotions and these emotions can have a major impact on the heart. When one continues to remain stressed and depressed, it can result in the heart attack.
Stress can affect the brain to the large extent as it can impair the functions of the brain and can cause many mood and mental disorders. The brain is the central organ of the stress as it determines the condition, stores memories and regulates the psychological and behavioural functions. When the brain comes in exposure to the chronic stress it can lead to wear and tear of the body and the brain. This condition is known as allostasis. Also, cortisol creates free radicals that kill the cells of the brain and it also stops the production of the new brain cells. Stress can also lead to the death of neurons in the hippocampus which are important for the memory, concentration, learning, and understanding. Therefore it can affect the overall functioning of the brain.
The immune system in the body plays an important role in defending the body against the infectious organisms and any abnormalities in the functioning of the immune system affect the whole body. Stress affects the immune system by creating chronic inflammation that harms the important tissues in the immune system. It also suppresses the cells of the immune system that plays a vital role in fighting infections. Impairment in the immune system leads to a condition in which the cells of the immune system mistakenly attacks the healthy cells of the body and fails to protect the body from the infectious organisms. This dysfunctioning of the immune system highly increases the risk of infectious and autoimmune diseases.
4. Erectile function
Numerous studies have proved that stress causes sexual dysfunction and problems with the erectile function is the most common sexual disorder. Men who suffer from chronic stress or the depression are more likely to face problems with the erections due to various factors. Stress comes with sadness and lack of pleasure and this emotional feeling throws effects on the erectile function. Also, an adequate production of testosterone is essential for the proper erectile function and stress results in the reduced testosterone level in the body. Testosterone is important to maintain the level of nitric oxide in the penis and the production of adequate nitric oxide is extremely important for the satisfied penile erection during sexual activity.
Stress is a part of everyone’s life but controlling it is very important to stay healthy. Share this post with your friends and family and make them aware of the adverse side effects of the stress.