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H Stress IS IT THE TALKING? WHAT ANXIETY COULD BE DOING TO YOU-AND WHAT YOU CAN DO ABOUT IT | BY BART BUTLER Men and women with type-A personalities have double the risk of stroke than less-stressed people, according to a study in the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery & Psychiatry. 45 MILLION 18 WINTE R 2 013 Crave sugar and fat when you're stressed? While stress can shut down your short-term appetite, over the long term, your body's stress hormone, cortisol, increases appetite- and your motivation to eat. The American Psychological Association says that 25% of Americans surveyed reported eating as a way to manage stress. PHOTOGRAPHY BY THINKSTOCK Americans have chronic headaches, many caused by vascular changes and muscle tension related to stress, the National Headache Foundation reports. eartburn. Acne. Headaches. Insomnia. You know the signs of stress. And the American Psychological Association has a few to add to the list: high blood pressure, anxiety, depression and obesity. Here's the frustrating part: Though you probably know what's causing your stress, you may not be able to eliminate the sources of it-after all, you can't just up and quit your job, leave your spouse and ignore your kids. But here's what you can do: You can recognize that prolonged exposure to stress wreaks havoc on your health. You can understand its effects. And you can create a plan to cope. Here are a few things to know about the impact of stress on your body, from head to toe.

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Vim & Vigor - Winter 2013 - University of Virginia

Vim & Vigor - Winter 2013 - University of Virginia
Life in Balance
Is a Low-Salt Diet Good for Everyone?
Have You Done Your Monthly Breast Self-Exam Lately?
Waiting for a Heart
Got Excuses?
Managing Your Health with a DIY Tool Kit
Is It the Stress Talking?
The Wonderful World of Greens
Knee-to-Know Basics
On the Cover
Run for Your Life
14 Good-for-You Gifts
Special Delivery
Virtual Health
A Childhood Interrupted by Cancer
Cupcake Wars

Vim & Vigor - Winter 2013 - University of Virginia