Cornering stress to improve our quality of life

In 1950, Dr. Hans Selye published “Stress, a study on anxiety” which gave a scientific use to the English term stress used in the field of physics. Ever since then, the concern for the set of symptoms of stress and its effects on the lives of people has increased considerably, particularly in recent years, in which stress levels are rising in Western societies as a result of the economic crisis and job insecurity.

 

It is essential to remember that the physiological impact of stress does not affect all patients in the same manner, but in any case, its manifestations in the most severe cases occur on both the physical and the mental level

Symptoms associated with stress The physical effects of stress may be quite obvious, while the psychological impact is not only felt by us, but by the people around us, who often notice it and could even be prone to suffering it too. Therefore, there are certain alarms or warning signs sent out by our body that we should be aware of in order to detect and correct our levels of anxiety. The following are some of the physical symptoms of a high level of stress: - Exhaustion - Digestive and intestinal problems - Muscle aches - Breathing difficulties - Skin problem Whereas psychological symptoms often appear in the Read more

Poor sleep is a bad sign

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The inability to sleep, apart from becoming an obstacle in millions of people´s everyday lives, could have severe consequences to our health.

According to a study recently published in the European Heart Journal, the people that suffer 3 symptoms of insomnia may have more than a 3 times greater risk of suffering heart failure.

This data certainly needs to be taken into account. The study, conducted by the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), located in Trondheim, analysed the cases of 54,279 men and women aged between 20 and 89 years for more than a decade, putting the focus on the three main symptoms of insomnia: • Trouble falling asleep • Problems staying asleep • Restless sleep (the patient wakes up feeling unrested or unrefreshed) The content of the study, led by Dr. Lars Laugsand of the NTNU, stresses the need to delve into the origins of insomnia, as well as emphasising the importance of early detection Read more

Understanding glaucoma so we can deal with it

The World Glaucoma Association and the World Glaucoma Patient Association organised World Glaucoma Day on 12th March 2012. The objective of this initiative is to raise awareness among people.

What is glaucoma? The term “glaucoma” refers to a number of chronic and progressive eye diseases, which often manifests itself through increased pressures within the eyeball. This condition is produced as a result of an imbalance between the level of aqueous humour and its evacuation. Advanced glaucoma leads to a loss of the patient’s visual field and can have very harmful consequences, because if it is not detected, diagnosed and treated in its early stages, it could evolve into total blindness. Glaucoma is the second leading cause of blindness in the world and, according to data from the World Health Organization, 4.5 million people Read more