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Severe stress may send immune system into overdrive

Stress Linked To Immune System Disorders

Stress Linked To Immune System DisordersWhile there is still only correlation, not causation, a new study highlights additional risks that come with severe stress. Namely, stress is linked to 41 immune system disorders. This research may well help healthcare providers pursue more holistic approaches to severe stress in order to avoid costly and debilitating medical conditions.

Trauma or intense stress may up your odds of developing an autoimmune disease, a new study suggests.

Comparing more than 106,000 people who had stress disorders with more than 1 million people without them, researchers found that stress was tied to a 36 percent greater risk of developing 41 autoimmune diseases, including rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis, Crohn’s disease and celiac disease.

“Patients suffering from severe emotional reactions after trauma or other life stressors should seek medical treatment due to the risk of chronicity of these symptoms and thereby further health decline, such as the increased risk of autoimmune disease,” said lead researcher Dr. Huan Song, from the University of Iceland in Reykjavik.

The body’s immune system protects you from disease and infection. But autoimmune diseases turn the body’s natural protection against itself by attacking healthy cells.

Source: Severe stress may send immune system into overdrive

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