Men: Discover How Stress Affects Your Health

Some of the health effects of stress are the same for women and men. However,  according to, 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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