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Stress During Pregnancy may Lead to Birth Defects

According to research appearing in the September, 2000 issue of The Lancet, women who are under stress during the first trimester of their pregnancy are more likely to give birth to a child with birth defects than women who are not under stress. The researchers reviewed the medical records of women and looked for sources of extreme stress—like severe illness of a partner or child or death of a loved one. The stress occurred during the pregnancy or up to 16 months before the pregnancy. The researchers identified 3,560 women who had such stress and compared them to over...

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Can Nutrition Help You to Control Stress?

Perhaps one of the most serious implications of stress may be in conjunction with a magnesium deficiency.  Stress increases the need for magnesium. An article appearing in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition (1994;13(5):429-446) states that when stress causes the release of catecholamines and corticosteroids, can increase a magnesium deficiency. Stress and magnesium deficiency can lead to vasoconstriction and platelet aggregation. This can increase the risk of damage to the heart, cardiovascular disease, arrhythmias and even sudden cardiac death. Depleted magnesium levels due to stress can play a role in eclampsia in pregnant women. It can also...

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Stress and Disease

Stress is both a cause of disease and an aggravating factor. Reducing stress can help prevent disease and to help recover from an existing disease. An article appearing in Postgraduate Medicine (January, 1991;89(1):159-164) enumerated the kinds of health problems caused by stress. According to the article, stress is a cause of cardiovascular disease and may even be related to sudden death. It can cause platelet aggregation and thrombus formation. Stress can make the airways in asthmatics hyperreactive. Stress makes the immune system less effective, making the prospect of getting a cold or the flu more likely. Stress has been...

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What can you do to Relieve Fibromyalgia?

Research has shown a link between magnesium deficiency and fibromyalgia. In The Journal of Nutritional Medicine (1994;4:165-167) research on 100 fibromyalgia patients and 12 controls with osteoarthritis found that the patients with fibromyalgia had very low red blood cell magnesium levels. Other research published in The Journal of Nutritional Medicine (1992;3:49-59) 15 patients with fibromyalgia were treated with a combination of magnesium and malic acid for eight weeks. Those receiving the supplementation experienced a decrease in the sensitivity of the tender points. Within two days of the start of supplementation, the patients experienced decreased myalgia. Subjects receiving the placebo...

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Steroids and Spinal Problems

A study published in the October, 2000 issue of the Archives of Internal Medicine, indicates that people over the age of 60 who take corticosteroids for longer than six months have a greater risk of developing spinal deformities. Corticosteroids are commonly prescribed for autoimmune diseases and other inflammatory conditions. Steroids are known to cause bone demineralization and increase the risk for developing osteoporosis. The subjects of the study were 515 men and women over the age of 60. Of that group, 229 had taken corticosteroids for longer than six months. The others had not. The researchers found a relationship...

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