Q. Is there a link between stress and health?

Answered by
Dr. Vandana Patidar
and medically reviewed by Dr.Nithila A
This is a premium question & answer published on Apr 16, 2019

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Does economic stress affect a person's health? Is there a link between financial stress, poverty and poor overall health? Do people who worry about their financial status have higher risk levels for certain types of diseases or illnesses? Can lowering stress levels improve overall physical health?



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Yes, financial stress, poverty, and poor overall health are all linked. Because financial stress and poverty lead to deficient nutritional status hence affect physical health, worry about it lead to impaired mental health. Poverty is seen in researches that poverty leads to poor mental health and poverty again is a significant risk factor for mental illnesses.

Yes, physical health and mental health both are interlinked. A healthy mind has a healthy body, and vice versa one cannot achieve complete health without being mentally healthy.

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