Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Stress Tied to Heart Disease and Diabetes

Analysis of the stress hormone cortisol in hair samples found that stress was tied to an increased risk of cardiovascular disease and Type 2 diabetes.

Risks: Stress Tied to Heart Disease and Diabetes - "High levels of cortisol — the so-called stress hormone — have been associated with cardiovascular disease in some studies, but not in others. . . . Now Dutch researchers have assessed cortisol levels over several months by analyzing scalp hair samples. Their results appeared online in The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism. . . .  Compared with those in the lowest quarter for cortisol, those in the highest quarter had about three times the risk for cardiovascular disease and diabetes. There was no association between cortisol levels and the risk for lung disease, cancer or osteoporosis. . . . "

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