In a new study, researchers analyzed more than 100,000 people diagnosed with stress-related disorders and compared their tendency to develop an autoimmune disease at least one year later with 126,000 of their siblings and another million people who did not have stress-related disorders.
The study found that individuals diagnosed with a stress-related disorder:
Were more likely to be diagnosed with an autoimmune disease
Were more likely to develop multiple autoimmune diseases
Had a higher rate of autoimmune disease if younger
Staying in a constant state of "fight or flight is damaging to your immune system. Stress is even beneficial if experienced occasionally: spiking our adrenals and rushing the blood to your extremities so you can "Fight or Flee. It's brilliant how our bodies work! Unfortunately staying in a stressful situation is terribly taxing on the body: When the immune system is up and running 24/7 not only will you be exhausted all the time but the immune system will burn out. And if you have that chip in your DNA you risk triggering an autoimmune condition. So know when to stop the fight and take a flight.