We’re always being told by people not to stress, but why? Well, new psychological studies shows that when we stress, the brain makes your body release hormones, which could, in fact, influence the development of cancerous cells.
However, this is only theoretical. A 2013 study did not succeed in proving the claim. Although, it did succeed in proving that once a person has cancer, stress will biochemically feed its growth. Researchers at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Centre studied the results of stress on prostate cancer. Their results showed that stress did not only reduce the effectiveness of prostate cancer drugs but also accelerate the development of the cancer. They discovered that, when stressed, a hormone called epinephrine (also known as adrenaline) is released and this is what sets off the cellular chain reaction that controls cell death.
So how does this affect us? Well, if stress can affect something like this, surely it can affect other things as well. We should all do things to remain as stress free as possible. Some things you can do to remain stress free are:
- do regular exercise
- deep breathing
- take time out just to relax
- go for walks
- don’t drink or smoke
- take up hobbies
- be organised
- take a bath
These are just some very simple things that can make a big impact on our lives and we should just try to do these things more often.