Men: Here are five ways stress affects your body

September 19, 2019

According to the Men’s Health Foundation, high stress, poor sleep and eating habits increase the risks of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, obesity, depression, and other mental illnesses in men. It can also cause low testosterone and erectile dysfunction.

Men, when it comes down to it, is it really worth it? Here’s what stress can also do to your body:

1. You may lose hair

There are three types of hair loss that can be associated with high stress levels. Telogen effluvium is tied to a significant amount of stress and pushes large numbers of hair follicles into a resting phase. Within a few months, affected hairs might fall out suddenly when simply combing or washing your hair.

Trichotillomania is another condition in which a person experiences irresistible urges to pull out hair from the scalp, eyebrows or other areas of the body. Hair pulling can be a way of dealing with negative or uncomfortable feelings, such as stress, tension, loneliness, boredom, or frustration.

And lastly, alopecia areata, in which a variety of factors are thought to cause hair loss, including severe stress. With alopecia areata, the body’s immune system attacks the hair follicles, causing hair loss.

2. You may gain a gut

Stress is most definitely connected to weight gain. The high level of the stress hormone, cortisol, has been shown to increase appetite, drive cravings for food, and make it much easier to accumulate belly fat. So, in this instance, you’re not only packing on the pounds, but you’re also slowing down your metabolism and burning fewer calories.

3. You may get acne

There are many causes of adult acne in men, but stress is among the most common. Stress causes an increase in the androgen hormone, which stimulates your sebaceous glands to overproduce sebum. The androgen hormone is responsible for developing male traits. You might think having excess is a good thing, but it’s not. Your body needs a balance of it.

4. You may lose your vision

When we are severely stressed and anxious, high levels of adrenaline in the body can cause pressure on the eyes resulting in blurred vision. People with longterm anxiety can suffer from eye strains during the day on a regular basis. Stress may actually be one of the major causes of eye diseases, like glaucoma.

5. You may lose muscle tone

Chronic stress can throw your hormones out of balance. Persistent stress is likely to decrease the level of anabolic hormones like testosterone and increase the level of catabolic hormones like cortisol, which is an unhealthy balance. Low levels of testosterone and elevated levels of cortisol affect energy and inhibit muscle development.

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