Some of the health effects of stress are the same for women and men. However, according to Healthline.com, there are seven effects that are exclusive to - or are more common in - men:
1. Prostate cancer - A 2013 study found that stress on nerves increases the risk for prostate cancer and promote tumor growth and spread.
2. Erectile dysfunction - Stress can cause erectile dysfunction (ED) in men of any age. Stress affects the brain signals to the penis that increase blood flow for an erection.
3. Infertility - The effect of chronic stress on testosterone levels, sperm production, and sperm quality increases the risk for infertility.
4. Cardiovascular disease - All types of stress have been shown to increase the risk for heart disease.
5. Chronic gastrointestinal problems - Ongoing stress can wreak havoc on the gastrointestinal system. Symptoms include: chronic constipation or diarrhea, heartburn, acid reflux, stomach ulcers
6. Chronic pain - Stress has been linked to increased pain sensitivity. It causes the muscles to tense, which can lead to ongoing pain in the neck, shoulders, and back. Stress is also a common headache and migraine trigger.
7. Frequent colds and infections - Chronic stress affects the immune system and interferes with your inflammatory response, making you more susceptible to colds and infections.
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