Why stress makes you get sick and die

OK, maybe that’s a little harsh, but it is the bottom line of this UCLA study (here).  As the story’s title suggests, such results suggest that the mind-body connection is real, down to the cellular level.  From one the study’s authors:

“When the body is under stress, it boosts production of cortisol to support a “fight or flight” response,” explains Effros. “If the hormone remains elevated in the bloodstream for long periods of time, though, it wears down the immune system.”

Some studies that suggest that short-term stress is actually beneficial (here, I can’t put my hands on the study I had in mind).  The real culprit is long-term or chronic stress, which affects our health in nearly every dimension (here, here, and here).

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