Friday, February 03, 2006

Stress Lowers The Immune System

What’s been suspected for years scientists have now confirmed-stress can make you sick. Researchers at Sydney’s Garven Institute have made the direct connection between the nervous system and the immune system. The study, published I the Journal of Experimental Medicine, explains how stress can lead to the build up of a hormone that stops the body’s ability to fight off bacteria and viruses. Australian scientists have now made the link between stress and the immune system. The impact that stress puts on the body is best observed in athletes.
The study included elite and recreational athletes over a period of five months and found that the elite athletes were more susceptible to respiratory diseases. They found that elite athletes put themselves through the physical stress of training and the emotional and psychological stress of feeling the pressure of wanting to compete and do their best.
Pressures from work and even home can cause emotional and mental stress that can be damaging as well. About one third of work absenteeism is due to illness, having a huge impact on the workforce and the employees. If the employees are always stressed or constantly under pressure, they’re more likely to get sick. Researchers warn people to minimize their stress before it becomes a problem. They suggest trying relaxation techniques such as yoga or exercise.

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