Why Anxiety Shortens Your Lifespan

Most people don’t realize all the havoc that anxiety can play on the human body. If left unchecked, anxiety can be absolutely devastating to your health and it can easily cut years off your lifespan. Perhaps even more important, anxiety can lead to debilitating health issues that will greatly reduce the quality of your life.

To understand why this is true, you need to understand what happens chemically in your body when you experience anxiety. it is not just an emotion – it manifests itself in physical ways as well.

When you experience anxiety, you adrenal gland produces abnormally high levels of cortisol which then circulates throughout your entire body in your bloodstream. Cortisol is the “stress hormone” which is responsible for the “fight and flight” mode. The human body is designed to produce cortisol any time we need to deal with an extremely stressful situation. However, if high levels of cortisol are being produced all the time, this is not normal and it will result in serious health issues.

All types of anxiety will have this effect if it occurs frequently because it will cause the same end result: higher than normal cortisol levels. This includes general anxiety, stress-related anxiety, post-traumatic anxiety, social anxiety, panic attacks, and a number of other “mood disorders” that may in fact stem from anxiety or cause anxiety.

Research has shown elevated levels of cortisol to negatively impact every major system in your body, especially the endocrine system, the cardiovascular system, the immune system, and the nervous system. Heart disease, diabetes, and various illnesses due to a compromised immune system are all common in people who experience anxiety. Cortisol also triggers the body to store more fat and increases the appetite so it is more difficult to control cravings.

I highly recommend you seek out natural ways to reduce your anxiety instead of the often prescribed chemical approach. The side effects of prescription medication is often worse than the anxiety itself. Many people also report a numbing of the good sensations with they take pills.

One of the most effective things you can do to lengthen your lifespan and raise the quality of your life is reduce anxiety. This is because anxiety affects EVERYTHING else as it raises the cortisol levels in your body to unnaturally high levels and keeps it high over long spans of time.