Healthy Moments Episode

Understanding the Long-Term Effects of Chronic Stress

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May 12, 2014 | Download Audio

Dr. Rodgers discusses the health risks associated with chronic stress.


Hearing the word stress may make you feel on edge. Did you know that chronic stress, if not managed, can lead to serious health problems?
Hi, I’m Dr. Griffin Rodgers, Director of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases at NIH.
Examples of stress include
  • stress from everyday responsibilities, family, or pressures at work.
  • and stress from a sudden negative change, like job loss, illness, or divorce.
Chronic stress occurs when someone feels a high level of stress for a long time.
Chronic stress can affect you mentally and physically. Some people may feel depressed, irritable, have headaches or digestive issues.
Chronic stress, if untreated, can also make you more prone to serious health problems, like heart disease, high blood pressure, and diabetes.
Tune in next week for tips to help you cope with stress. And, follow us on Twitter @HealthyMoments. This is Dr. Griffin Rodgers with the NIH.

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