Men’s Health Part 2: 6 Ways Stress Affects Men’s Health

I am on a mens health kick this month.  I want to get men thinking more about their wellness and doing something to improve their health.  If you are reading this article, please consider coming to us at the WBHC to let us help you get your health back on track.

Stress the unimaginable foe, the unseen, uninvited guest, some kind of a wrathful divinity. Stress significantly impacts men’s health. Luckily, more research is being done on the nature of stress and anxiety and presently better diagnosis is being done and we are gaining a better understanding of it. Stress indeed can be downright strange.

In this article, we are going to delve deeper into the mysteries of stress and why it is of great concern. Here, are some reasons why stress needs to be managed and kept a tight lid.

Stress can change your taste in women

Do you find that your taste in women has changed? Stress can influence a man’s decision as well. It has also been noticed that men self-medicate with poor decisions that further mess up their judgment, e.g. taking drugs, binging on alcohol and risky sexual behaviors.

Men take stress harder than women

According to the common notion, men are viewed as “rocks,” impervious to feelings and most importantly stress. However, recent studies have determined that women indeed, do fair better in dealing with stress than men. In addition, in relation to gender differences, the effects of stress manifest themselves negatively on men’s health. In fact, men under stress or dealing with depression have been diagnosed with high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, and heart disease or suffered a heart attack, according to these studies.

High anxiety levels can be life-threatening

Increased anxiety levels emanating from stressful events like the loss of a loved one, or loss of a job, marital separation or divorce can have serious physical and mental consequences. Heart disease in men has also been linked to these major stress triggers. Major depression soon follows, leading to substance abuse and poor dieting. Suicidal tendencies also follow.

Stress makes men eat their feelings

Similar to women, increased stress in men, negatively affects their lifestyle and behavior choices as well. Irregular eating habits are also a cause, skipping meals and eating more consuming extra calories.

There is increased risk of obesity, high blood pressure, heart disease and even stroke all at ones!

Stress is bad for your heart

There is no denying it now, stress doesn’t equal a healthy heart. From intensive research done, high stress increases the risk for coronary heart disease. Moreover, stress actually manifest themselves physically in your body. Stress triggers inflammation, which traps cholesterol particles and they get deposited in blood vessels.

Stress can lead to belly fat and diabetes type 2

Aside from poor eating habits, stress also results in belly fat deposition, a side effect of consuming calories and also due to increased cortisol levels (the stress hormone). In addition, elevated stress levels can also cause a spike in insulin levels, which is a major risk factor for metabolic disorders and type 2 diabetes.

Stress and Muscle Mass

Stress affects the regular uptake of protein to muscle tissues, leading to loss of muscle mass.

Final thoughts, if you are experiencing stressful situations or diagnosed with stress, take the opportunity to explore relaxation and other meditation techniques to protect yourself, body and mind together.

Stress is #1 cause of all disease

We all have stress, but managing stress is the issue.  How one person manages it versus another person can be the biggest difference.  Stress can manifest in many ways, being dehydrated, not getting good sleep, driving in traffic, your kids, your work schedule, not eating a good diet, computers and technology etc etc.  So think about that.  Nobody will have zero stress even if they say they do.  Its impossible.  So find ways to reduce stress.  Deep breathing often throughout the day, yoga, exercise, prayer, meditation are a few good ways you can reduce stress.  So find something that works for you.