tress refers to the body's reaction to a condition that necessitates physical, mental or emotional adjustment.

It is caused by a lot of factors but its most common effects include frustration, anger, nervousness or anxiety.

Here are some of the health risks of constant exposure to stress:

1. It increases your risk to heart diseases.

Stress and heart problems or high blood pressure are associated with each other in some ways.  In fact, people with heart problems are prone to heart attack if they are subjected to sudden emotional stress. 

2. It increases your risk to obesity.  People with high stress levels develop fats in their bellies that can lead to obesity.

3. It increases your risk to diabetes.

Stress is one of the main causes of unhealthy eating habits and excessive drinking.  These unhealthy habits can increase a person's risk to diabetes. 

Stress is also believed to cause an increase in the glucose levels of people with type 2 diabetes. 
 
4. It can trigger headaches. 

5. It increases your risk to depression and anxiety.

Stressed out people are more prone to develop depression and anxiety than people with lower stress levels. 

6. It increases your risk to gastrointestinal problems.

Since stress can trigger palpitation and hyperacidity, it can also cause gastrointestinal problems, heartburn and irritable bowel syndrome.  But it is not believed to worsen ulcers.
 
7. It is believed to worsen Alzheimer's disease.

In one animal study, researchers suggest that stress might play a role in the worsening of Alzheimer's disease because it can trigger the quick formation of brain lesions.  They also believe that reducing stress levels can help to slow down the progression of the disease.

8. It speeds up the body's aging process.

High stress levels can affect the DNA of people.  One study reveals that mothers who were exposed to high stress levels for taking care of their chronically ill children were found to be nine to 17 years older than mothers who were not stressed out.

9. It increases the risk of premature death.

With all its effects that include high blood pressure, increased palpitation, fast breathing, and constricted blood vessels, chronic stress is a big threat to life.  You should address stress as soon as it comes before it becomes a perpetual threat to your health.