The stress index of Koreans is among the highest in the world. In the ‘Signa 360° Well-Being Index’ survey conducted by Cigna Group, the parent company of Linea Life in 2017 for 23 major countries, Korea’s stress index was 97%, the highest among the surveyed countries. The causes of stress were work (40%), financial problems (33%), and family (13%). It is no exaggeration to call Korea a stress republic. The problem is that this high level of stress directly harms your health.
According to a paper published this year in the Journal of the American Heart Association, high levels of stress are more likely to develop into high blood pressure in the next decade. This is because cortisol, the stress hormone, continues to rise over time, which increases the risk of ‘stroke’, ‘heart attack’ or ‘heart disease’.
Dr. Glenn Levine, a cardiologist at the School of Medicine at Baylor University in Houston, said, “This study is another study that demonstrates the relationship between a person’s mental health and heart health.” “Stress, depression, frustration, anger and negative views on life not only make people unhappy, but also negatively affect their health and longevity,” explains Dr. Levin.
The good news is that a positive mind can also improve cardiovascular health because the mind, heart, and body are interconnected and interdependent. According to Dr. Cynthia Ackrill, a stress management expert and editor of content magazine published by The American Institute of Stress, “shifting your mindset or setting boundaries for stressful situations is stressful. It can prevent the bad effects of the drug on the body.” “People should not underestimate the role and ability of well-being,” said Dr.
Dr. Kosuke Inoue, an assistant professor of social epidemiology at Kyoto University, Japan, and his team who participated in this study investigated the level of cortisol secreted in situations where the body is subjected to serious stress, such as risk. As a result, it was found that the amount of cortisol secreted by the body decreased when a dangerous situation passed, but the amount of cortisol released from the body increased when stressed continuously.
“Stress factors such as life events, work, relationships, and finances can raise levels of norepinephrine, epinephrine, dopamine, and cortisol,” the researchers said. The study also found that doubling cortisol levels increased the risk of cardiovascular disease by 90%.
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