How Worry Impacts Your Risk of Heart Disease
Plus: Tricks to lower your heart risk
I’m sure you’ve heard the song lyrics that go “Don’t worry, be happy.”
But “don’t worry, be healthy” might be more accurate.
A recently published study looked at the connection between worry and the risk of metabolic conditions like heart disease and diabetes.
And the surprising link could have you running to your local Massage Envy or signing up for yoga class to get your stress under control.
For this study, researchers analyzed data from about 1,500 men who underwent physical exams and blood tests every three to five years until they died or dropped out of the study.
From about 33 to 65 years old, the number of cardiometabolic risk factors (like high blood pressure, obesity, BMI, and fasting blood sugar, etc.) increased at a rate of about one per decade.
The study found that the men who had six or more risk factors had likely already developed heart disease or diabetes.
No surprise there.
But here’s the interesting part: The worriers were more likely to have a higher number of risk factors. They also had a higher likelihood of developing heart disease, stroke, or diabetes, compared to the non-worriers.
In other words, worry can increase the biological risk factors that increase your risk of poor health.
There are a lot of things in life that you don’t have control over.
But you can control your level of stress and worry.
One simple way to do that is something I do every night: I keep a mindfulness journal where I write down things from the day that I’m thankful for.
It’s a simple thing.
But when you choose to focus on the good instead of the bad, worry tends to fizzle out like a fire that hasn’t been stoked.
So, don’t fan the flames of worry.
Meditate, practice deep breathing, talk with others, and be sure to get moving, since exercise has such a huge impact on your mental state.
Written By Dr. Richard Gerhauser, M.D.
For years he’s been the trusted doctor for celebrities, world-class athletes, and countless seniors looking to reclaim their health.
And now…for the first time ever… he’s making his medical breakthroughs available to readers all across America.
Dr. Richard Gerhauser, M.D. is one of the most pioneering and innovative minds in medicine today – and he delivers cutting-edge cures each month through his Natural Health Response newsletter.
Natural Health Response readers get full access to Dr. Gerhauser’s protocols for chronic pain… heart disease… diabetes… Alzheimer’s… and even cancer. These are the very same treatments Dr. Gerhauser recommends to his own patients at his practice in Tucson, Arizona.
In addition to being a board-certified medical doctor, Dr. Gerhauser has earned two master’s degrees and has served as a clinical professor at the University of Arizona.
And as a physician at the world-famous Canyon Ranch, Dr. Gerhauser treated celebrities from around the world who paid dearly for the type of next-generation health information he provides Natural Health Response readers each month.
View More Free Articles
Alzheimer’s rates continue to soar. But don’t expect drug companies to swoop in and save the day anytime soon. Because no matter how much money Big Pharma dumps into developing drugs for Alzheimer’s, they all end up as big, fat failures. But it gets worse… so MUCH worse. Incredibly, some of Big Pharma’s most popular...
When it comes to reducing your risk of cancer, every little (or BIG) bit helps. Like exercise, which can lower your risk of certain cancers by 40-50 percent. Or maintaining healthy vitamin D levels, which can lower your risk up to 67 percent. When you string together enough of these cancer-risk reducers, you’ll have a...
Mainstream medicine teaches you to reach for a pill when you get sick, are in pain, or feel tired. But I prefer a unique, drug-free treatment instead. A powerful solution that does everything from reducing pain and inflammation to increasing hormone levels and immune function. Best of all? This simple therapy is quick and 100...
One of the biggest pitfalls of mainstream medicine is that it is primarily symptom-based. They have a separate drug to treat every symptom you can imagine. But all too often, uncovering and treating the underlying CAUSE of those symptoms never happens. And when the drugs cause side effects, they pile on even MORE meds to...
I’m a BIG fan of vitamin D. And so is your body. In fact, it’s hard to overstate how critical this superstar nutrient is for your health. The sunshine vitamin is a key player in bone and tooth strength. It supports a healthy immune system so your body can fight off illnesses. It can even...
They say with age comes wisdom. But you and I both know the truth. With each passing year comes a few extra POUNDS. Gaining weight as you age almost seems inevitable. After all, you watch what you eat like a hawk… count every calorie… exercise all the time… and drink enough water to float a...
Name just about any major disease… like cancer, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, stroke, or depression. And I’ll give you a SINGLE, drug-free solution that could slash your risk for every one of them. Sounds almost too good to be true, right? But wait, I’m not done yet. This solution couldn’t be simpler to implement. Plus, believe it...
Whenever we talk about dieting, it’s laser-focused on one thing. And that, of course, is LOSING WEIGHT. Now, if you’re overweight, that’s of course an important goal. But weight loss alone isn’t the ONLY thing you ought to be thinking about… Shedding the RIGHT KIND of weight is critical too. Because all fat isn’t the...
If you had your way, you’d forget your arthritis even existed. You’d go ahead and live your life on your own terms. But arthritis won’t let that happen. Instead, it insists on reminding you of its painful presence all day long. Opening a jar, grasping a knitting needle, or tying a shoe can all lead...
The holidays are headed our way like a speeding bullet. Sure, this may be the most wonderful time of year. But it’s also one of the most stressful. Between social obligations and shopping, it’s really no wonder that by the time we hit New Year’s Eve we’re exhausted and ready to rip our hair out....