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Stress Shortens Life Span

Stress Shortens Life Span





Dr. David Eifrig, Jr. in an article published today in his investment newsletter titled Retirement Millionaire says that the holiday season is one of the most stressful times of the year. Not only are we dealing with our everyday stresses like work and home life, we’re piling on stress about buying gifts, traveling, visiting family, and getting sick.  The retired physician says that these stresses are shorting our lifespan. Several studies show stress actually alters the structure of your cells, shortening the things called “telomeres” – which are like “caps” on chromosomes.  These caps protect the chromosome from damage and keep it from sticking to neighboring chromosomes.  Telomere length also predicts lifespan.  As we age, telomeres naturally shorten.  Although the exact mechanism is unknown… the medical community generally accepts that the longer the telomeres, the longer a person will live.


Recent studies found stress accelerates the shortening of telomeres… thus raising the risk of chronic diseases and shorting lifespan. Reducing stress (or more likely your reaction to it) helps reverse the effects.


A new study published in British medical journal The Lancet, found men adhering to healthy lifestyles (stress-reduction education, diets higher in whole foods, and adequate exercise had longer telomeres than men with unhealthy lifestyles.


Dr. Eifrig states that a massage is a great way to relieve aches and pains and stimulate the immune system.  He adds that the effect of physical touch relieves stress, lessens depression, and lowers blood pressure. Dr. Eifrig says that he tries to get a massage at least twice a month.

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