Stress Can Damage Women's Health

Study reveals physical dangers of trying to balance family and work.
2:05 | 03/06/12

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And a health alert now about stress and women a study just released by the Families and Work Institute. Confirms what a lot of women already knew there is not enough time to balance family homework and obligations. And numerous search tonight shows how all that stress can ruin your health. And a simple test could save your life. Here's ABC's Claire Shipman. You -- -- spotlight at warp speed that -- that never seems to stop was just might. Plotting to emails trying to meet these crazy deadlines so that I can then get home to pick up my kids and ticket dinner on the table and. Stress fatigue and in addition we gain especially belly fat. Are more than just a modern annoyance they can be life threatening symptoms and serious cortisol disorder. It increases a woman's risk for developing diabetes risk of heart disease thinning of the bones cognitive impairment -- the -- -- is cortisol. My adrenaline and cortisol charges out of our adrenal glands in times of stress but constant stress -- cortisol coursing through our systems at all hours. The potent hormone suddenly an internal enemy creating fat making too much sugar and sending it to the wrong places. One new study found that people -- high cortisol are 58% more likely to develop heart disease another found women are more susceptible than -- A few years ago with a demanding career and kids I was like -- But a routine -- -- as saliva test similar to the when she -- -- gave me a shock and the solutions straightforward. -- not. I'm not sleep regular exercise. Every day activities to -- stress know that meditation an hour with a good book. I started working out like a canary Fisher did who was also motivated by the -- -- that it felt guilty trying to set time aside for me but really you may not meet the test. Think of the new research on Puerto solace a prescription to do the obvious slowdown. Claire Shipman ABC news Washington.

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