Stressed to Kill

Stress is a torture chamber that can't always be avoided. Tortured most are executives with high accountability but low authority. Sound like anyone you know?

Only in the past 20 years or so has science arrived at the no-longer-startling conclusion that stress can make you sick. The New England Journal of Medicine in 1998 went so far as to declare that "managing the long-term effects of the physiological responses to stress is critical to survival." Stress may contribute to 85 percent of all medical problems, says Connie Tyne, executive director of the Cooper Wellness Program in Dallas, which counsels executives on stress reduction. Fifty-two percent of executives will die of diseases related to stress, according to Tyne. That's partly because stress affects nearly every major system in our bodies, creating a laundry list of health problems

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