Study shows how stress triggers immune system

USA Today:

Shedding some light on why stress might be bad for you, a new study finds that parts of your immune system ramp up when you get into personal conflicts with others.

It’s not clear how this effect of stress may make you sick, but the activated parts of the immune system — which cause inflammation in the body — have been linked to conditions such as diabetes and cancer.

“The message is that the flotsam and jetsam of life predict changes in your underlying biology in ways that cumulatively could have a bad effect on health,” said study co-author Shelley Taylor, a professor of psychology at the University of California, Los Angeles. “What this tells me is that people should be investing in socially supportive relationships, and they should not court relationships that lead to a great deal of conflict.”

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