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Recent Research: Even Minor Stress Can Impact Long Term Health 

Posted by Total Access Medical on Dec 12, 2018

StressA recent study, supported by the National Institute on Aging and the National Institutes of Health, suggests that even small daily stress factors can lead to health problems later in life.

Exposure to stress is a risk factor for many health problems, such as cardiovascular issues, anxiety and depression, and chronic pain. 

Recent research explains that even small stressors can harm our long-term health if we hold on to how they make us feel.

The study, conducted by Kate Leger from the University of California, Irvine, shows that negative emotions that linger after even minor, daily stressors have important implications for our long-term physical health.

There's no such thing as negligible stress

When sharing the frustrations, people often will tell us to 'just let it go. Yet surprisingly few studies have tested the utility of this advice. 

This recent study study aimed to test that idea: is it actually helpful to try to "let go" of daily frustrations as soon as they arise? And what happens when we're unable to get over such stressors easily?