We have all heard that excessive stress is unhealthy. The research referred to here investigated the association between cortisol response and a marker of sub-clinical coronary atherosclerosis (Hamer M., et al., 2009). Cortisol is a stress hormone. The participants were exposed to mental stress through certain tasks. Coronary artery calcification was measured using electron beam computed tomography. The participants who responded to the test with increased cortisol indicating increased stress was approximately 40%. That group also demonstrated a higher risk of significant coronary artery calcification. How can we be more stress resistant? Exercise and meditation can both help us respond with less stress when exposed to stressful situations. The key is to do it regularly and incorporate these habits into your lifestyle.
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