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Moderate or high level of stress leads to higher mortality rate

Moderate or high level of stress leads to higher mortality rate

Study conducted by Oregon State University ( USA) and published in the Journal of Aging Research concluded that men experiencing moderate or high level stress events for years to come they have a 50% higher mortality rate. To conclude, scholars have used the archives of a study that has nearly a thousand middle-class men in good health and who work. They were followed up for 18 years - from 1985 to 2003.

The group classified as low-stress had men who suffered two or less major episodes of stress, compared to the average of three episodes for the moderate group and up to six for the group that suffered high pressure. The episodes responsible for tension were occurrences that could permeate middle-aged or older people, such as wife's death and having to put parents in nursing homes.

One of the most surprising findings of the study was that the risk of group of moderate stress is similar to the high group, which is 50% more than those who stress little.

As protection from this negative effect of stress, the researchers emphasized good health and the habit of drinking moderately - without overeating. In the research results, people who had these factors had a longer life expectancy than the others.

Combat stress with simple measures

Nothing simpler than a hug to reduce tension. At the same time that it comforts and protects, it provides a pleasurable sensation to those involved and involved. The act activates the temporal and frontal regions of the brain, which are linked to pleasure.

According to neurologist Sonia Brucki, deputy coordinator of the department of cognitive neurology and aging of the Brazilian Association of Neurology, the embrace causes the brain release dopamine and serotonin, pleasure hormones. "You establish an empathy with the person, you see the feeling of it, it gives a pleasant feeling," he explains.

A study conducted by the University of North Carolina in the United States indicates that embracing decreases cortisol levels and norepinephrine , hormones related to stress, in addition to lowering blood pressure, which prevents heart disease. The rate increase for a substance called oxytocin is also remarkable. The more oxytocin the brain releases, the more it wants to be touched and the less stressed it is: that is, the more it is embraced, the more it wants to be embraced.

Therefore, although it does not directly address the causes of stress - from family problems, from work, among others - the embrace welcomes the person in such a way that can greatly improve the disposition and the way to face the problems.


Chemotherapy is one of the most widely used treatments in cancer treatment. If you needed to cite ways to treat a cancer, you would certainly classify chemotherapy as one of, if not the main, device in the fight against the disease. Even so, few people know, in fact, how it works. Is it the rule that anyone who submits to it loses hair? What increases the chance of success of this treatment? To get these and other questions, we talked to a team of experts and, on World Cancer Day (4), you give t

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