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The long term effects of stress

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Daniel Lovell 11/09/04 The long term effects of stress The long term effects of stress on the human body are generally negative. Stress can be a positive, as it enables us to respond to danger quickly, but continued stress places stress on the body causing diseases such as cardio-vascular problems, ulcers, problems with digestion and illness. The most common problem caused by stress is heart disease, more specifically cardiovascular problems. One very common effect when you develop cardiovascular problems is high blood pressure. You can also develop coronary heart disease which involves a narrowing of the hearts arteries. There have been very few studies into this area of stress as the effects can be life threatening. ...read more.


So the stomach creates more hydrochloric acid, which is not being used up. This acid wears down the walls in your stomach, causing ulcers. This is all controlled by the SAM. There has only been one major study into ulcers, by Brady (1958). He performed an experiment on two monkeys. Many people believed for a long time that this was this study was definitive proof that stress caused ulcers. It was backed up by Weiner et al in 1957. He used army recruits under stressful training conditions. At the end of the study fourteen percent of the recruits had developed ulcers. Marshall et al (1985) ...read more.


When students appraise their education as a challenge, stress can bring them a sense of competence and an increased capacity to learn. When education is seen as a threat, however, stress can induce feelings of helplessness and a foreboding sense of loss. Finally, when stressed, your immune system deteriorates. When stressed, your body produces cortisol. This is a hormone that, in the short term, helps prevent infection and inflammation. Long term presence of cortisol in your system suppresses some functions of your immune response which can then heightening the risk of infection. It also raises the levels of blood glucose, which leads to the release of insulin, a hormone that controls blood-sugar levels. Prolonged stress can damage the cells that produce insulin. ...read more.

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