It seems that each passing day brings more evidence that excess levels of stress are detrimental to aging longevity. Previously, we covered a newly established association between stress and type 2 diabetes. Now, researchers from the University of Jyväskylä in Finland have unearthed another potential and detrimental side effect of prolonged anxiety.

According to a press release from the Academy of Finland, scientists have found that middle-aged people who experience consistent work-related stress may be at a greater risk for developing physical disabilities as they grow older.

Rather than treating “stress” as an all-encompassing term that applies to every individual’s chemical reactions, the researchers reportedly divided this experience into four primary responses: “negative reactions to work and depressiveness; perceived decrease in cognition; sleep disturbances; and somatic symptoms.”

The scientists analyzed the prevalence of these symptoms among a group of over 5,000 middle-aged participants, then followed up with them three decades later. In general, they found that individuals who displayed one or more of these symptoms had greater difficulty performing everyday activities – with a more pronounced association among people who experienced consistent stress.

Based on these findings,  Dr. Jenni Kulmala. a lead researcher on the project, came to the following conclusion.

“It is […] possible that the chronic activation of stress responses may result in the “wear and tear” of the human body and thus increase the risk of old age disability.”

Stress can take a substantial physical and mental toll, especially if your body isn’t properly equipped to manage it. At Longevity Centres of America, we offer infusion therapy and other forms of anti-aging medicine, and can also advise you and lifestyle changes that may help you tackle this widespread issue more effectively.