If you feel that you are in a situation that is too stressful, it might be a good idea to make some changes.
Several recent studies have confirmed that stress can damage the heart and affect blood pressure, reports NBC News. The research projects revealed that people subjected to too overtly stressful situations have higher rates of problems.
One study involved more than 207,000 veterans, ages 46 to 74, and compared people that were free of heart disease and diabetes over a two-year period. The participants were people with and without post-traumatic stress disorders (PTSD).
Over those two years, 35 percent of those with pre-existing PTSD developed insulin resistance compared to 19 percent from the less-stressed subjects.
"Twenty or 30 years ago PTSD was a term reserved for combat veterans. We have come to realize now that PTSD is actually a much more common disorder and it can happen in veterans who did not undergo combat but had a very traumatic experience" such as losing a friend, [said Dr. Ramin Ebrahimi, a cardiologist at the Greater Los Angeles VA Medical Center and a professor at UCLA.]