Social Stress and Heart Disease Linked

by Jodee on August 5, 2009

People who have fewer resources available to them to deal with the stresses of everyday life are at a higher risk of heart disease, a new study has found. The research was conducted by researchers at Wake Forest University School of Medicine and the results were published in the latest issue of Obesity.

People who are under high levels of social stress are more likely to put on weight in the abdominal region, and excess belly fat speeds up the build-up of plaque in the blood vessels. The real culprit in the development of excess fat in the midsection has been linked to stress hormones.

Women usually have a certain level of protection against developing heart disease. On average, they develop the disorder about 10 years later than men do. Women who are under a lot of stress and who have excess belly fat lose this protection.

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