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3.12: Can Stress Affect My Health?

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  • The body responds to stress by releasing stress hormones. These hormones make blood pressure, heart rate, and blood sugar levels go up. Long-term stress can help cause a variety of health problems, including:

    • Mental health disorders, like depression and anxiety
    • Obesity
    • Heart disease
    • High blood pressure
    • Abnormal heart beats
    • Menstrual problems
    • Acne and other skin problems