LivingDoes suffering make us sick?

Does suffering make us sick?

estres-cancerThestress wakes up life? Does suffering make us sick? These are the questions posed by the experts of the Catalan Society of Family and Community Medicine (CAMFiC), which has just launcheda study to check if situations of stress and depression predispose us to suffer a metabolic syndrome.

Themetabolic syndrome is a set of factors that increase cardiovascular risk. These factors include an abdominal girth greater than 102 cm in men or 88 cm in women, having high blood pressure above 130-85, HDL (good cholesterol) below 40 mg / dl in men and 50mg / dl in women. , triglycerides above 150mg / dl and / or basal blood glucose above 110mg / dl. To have a metabolic syndrome, 3 or more factors must be linked at the same time. It is estimated that around15% of the population suffers from it.

The new study aims to verify whether a person who a priori should not suffer from a metabolic syndrome (because they do not have any of the aforementioned factors, or have only one) can develop the syndrome if they enter a situation of stress, either due toanxiety, depression, stressful life events (such as the loss of a loved one), or simply a poor quality of life.

According to Yolanda Ortega, CAMFiC family doctor and principal investigator of the project, “this study should allow us to know the incidence and profile that marks the evolution of our patients in this syndrome in the field of mental health.” Ortega affirms that “we know that 14% of the population currently suffers from depression, and the working hypothesis we have is that of this 14% of the population, 25% will develop a metabolic syndrome”.

The study, currently in progress, is carried out on a random sample of 738 people at high risk of developing MS, aged 40 or over, treated in an urban primary care center during the last year. The results will allow us to verify whether patients with anxiety or depression are more likely to develop metabolic syndrome. In that case it would be considered thatpsychological suffering would have made these people sick.

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