Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Stress and Your Health

Are you stressed to your limit? Be careful. Research has shown a direct link between stress and increased cholesterol levels.

During stressful times, chemical messengers are released that prepare your body for responding. These hormonal changes can raise your total cholesterol. There are also indirect links between stress and cholesterol levels. For example, if your response to stress is lighting up a cigarette or grabbing a bag of chips, you are creating habits that raise levels of LDL's (bad cholesterol) and reducing levels of HDL's (good cholesterol).

In today's world it is nearly impossible to completely avoid stress. You can however lower your blood pressure and cholesterol levels simply by learning to STAY CALM. You may even choose to work through stress by walking.

So....put down the cigarettes and pick up the walking shoes.

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