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Chronic, or long-term, stress often results in high anxiety, insomnia, depression, gastrointestinal problems, and can even dependency on drugs and alcohol (a self-medication solution that makes an already bad problem worse). Some studies show that the hormones associated with chronic stress are linked to increased fat in the abdomen. That, in turn, increases the risk of chronic and serious illness such as diabetes.

From: How to Manage Stress WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:Uchino, BN, et al, 1996; 119(3):488‑531. Nehlsen‑Cannarella, SL, Nieman DC, et al, 1991;23(1):64‑70. Clamlan, HN, 1992; 268(20): 2790‑2801. Epel ES, et al, Sept-Oct 2000;62(5):623-32. American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry website: "Helping Teenagers with Stress." Psychological Bulletin,Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise.Journal of the American Medical Association,Psychosomatic Medicine

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on April 14, 2018

SOURCES:Uchino, BN, et al, 1996; 119(3):488‑531. Nehlsen‑Cannarella, SL, Nieman DC, et al, 1991;23(1):64‑70. Clamlan, HN, 1992; 268(20): 2790‑2801. Epel ES, et al, Sept-Oct 2000;62(5):623-32. American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry website: "Helping Teenagers with Stress." Psychological Bulletin,Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise.Journal of the American Medical Association,Psychosomatic Medicine

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on April 14, 2018

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