Experts say that stress is one of the most common health problems among the adult population. The number of tasks we are involved in increases every day, so it is common to accumulate tension and therefore suffer from stress.

Is it true that stress accelerates aging?

Over the past decade, the relationship between stress and aging has been the subject of much research in the fields of medicine and psychology, as nowadays a great deal of emphasis is placed on preventing certain aspects of aging. Many investigations have linked stress to serious diseases, particularly heart disease, which is in turn one of the main causes of mortality.

Stress produces hormones such as cortisol and adrenaline, which are beneficial in emergency situations but, on a continuous or chronic basis, they can cause or aggravate other diseases such as those mentioned above (gastrointestinal, respiratory, cardiac …). High levels of cortisol over a long period of time can damage the cells of the hippocampus, thus affecting memory. It can also weaken the immune system. In addition, cortisol neutralizes insulin, increasing the risk of diabetes.

Therefore, since stress negatively influences health, weakening many of the systems and devices of the human body, it can be said that it is closely related to premature aging.

The Effects of Stress on Your Body

1-Massive increase in gray hair: Although it may seem a myth, it is absolutely true that the number of gray hairs increases due to stress. Research has determined that high levels of stress can cause the loss of a type of substance that gives color to the hair follicles. This causes the loss of color in the hair.

2-Increased acne: Continuous stress often causes acne on the face-both in adults and children. This is because the stress causes an inflammatory response in the body that leads to pores becoming clogged first and then rupturing (leading to redness of the skin and accumulation of pus in a part of the skin).

In turn, the increased stress on the body causes more androgens (male sex hormones) to be released, leading to a multitude of pimples. According to the British newspaper, this effect is more noticeable in women, as they release more of this substance than men.

3-Decreasing skin luminosity:It occurs because the blood flow slows down (as the heart pumps more blood to cope with the situation that causes stress). This causes the nutrients to leave the facial skin to the muscles that we will need to cope with the stress.

4-Accelerated aging:An American study determined that stress produces premature aging of the face (something that, curiously, affects women more).

5-Increasing eye bags: Usually occurs due to the lack of sleep and have a sickly obsession to get up early to take more advantage of the day. According to Prince, it can also be the other way around, that is, the tension is the one that doesn’t let you rest and keeps you awake. In any case, both situations lead to dark circles and “bags”.

6-Increasing jaw size: This is usually generated after a long period of time of grinding your teeth, which is typical when talking about stress.

7-flaccidity of the skin: When the blood flow slows down, dehydration and lack of nutrients are produced in detrimental areas of the body, which leads to flaccidity.

8-Dry skin:Again, the stress situation causes all the nutrients (including those that keep the skin moist) to move to other muscles in the body. In turn, it also leads to the evaporation of lipids. All this generates dry skin that, in many cases, cannot be repaired even with the best creams.

9- Redness of the skin:Stress is also a key element in inflammatory diseases such as those that cause redness of the skin. This symptom is aggravated if the stress is treated with alcohol (red wine, for example, increases the probability of the skin becoming rosy). On the other hand, other conditions such as eczema and psoriasis are directly related to stress.