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Veto your stress | Managing a high-stress job

Photo credit: CBSNews.comBeing the President of the United States is a difficult and often-times stressful job. Recent research even suggests that presidents age two years for every average person’s one year. Sometimes that stress and aging can be seen outwardly, but what effect is this having on their health and heart?

Barry Franklin, Ph.D., Director, Preventive Cardiology & Cardiac Rehabilitation, discusses how high-stress jobs can lead to increased risk of cardiovascular diseases:

Several studies now suggest that high-stress jobs can lead to an increased risk of chronic diseases, including cardiovascular diseases. This is likely attributed to the fact that elevated stress can trigger increases in heart rate, blood pressure, cortisol, epinephrine levels, blood clotting and vascular dysfunction.

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“I cannot tell a lie.” | Health benefits of telling the truth

by Howard Belkin, M.D., Beaumont psychiatrist

George WashingtonWashington’s famous statement regarding his inability to tell a lie is probably one of the most enduring American political myths. There are, however, many physical and psychological reasons to tell the truth. Believe it our not, truth tellers seem to live healthier, happier, more stress-free lives.

What happens when we are being untruthful? First of all, our feelings of worry, anxiety, and guilt all come into play. Our minds have to, first of all, make up a lie and then remember it for consistency. That takes a lot of mental energy away from our other activities of the day. When we lie, we naturally have feelings of guilt.

These guilty feelings added to the anxiety of having to make sure we don’t forget the lie we have just told, can easily cause us to experience the physical symptoms of anxiety. Our hearts will race, we can get shaky and sweaty, blood pressure can increase and even headaches may occur. Add all of these together and we feel physically unwell. Physical symptoms such as exhaustion or insomnia can also develop. Depending upon the seriousness of our untruths, even our close relationships can suffer.

Additional symptoms can also occur. Chronic lying can lead to chronic depression and anxiety. Chronic anxiety and depression oftentimes lead to symptoms such as weight loss, inability to sleep and multiple other somatic complaints. As you can see, it is always best to tell the truth. Honest.

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