More Evidence Stress Can Make You Sick

Researchers at UCLA have discovered that the brain's response to social stress can trigger a negative immune system response.

The greater your sensitivity to social stress, the more at risk you are of an inflammatory condition. Chronic inflammation can bring on a variety of health concerns, including:

  • Asthma
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Heart Disease
  • Cancer
  • Depression

According to lead author George Slavich, a postdoctoral fellow at the UCLA Cousins Center for Psychoneuroimmunology:

"This is further evidence of how closely our mind and body are connected.We have known for a long time that social stress can 'get under the skin' to increase risk for disease, but it's been unclear exactly how these effects occur. To our knowledge, this study is the first to identify the neurocognitive pathways that might be involved in inflammatory responses to acute social stress."

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