Chronic stress is the primary precursor of being sick and being overweight. It has also been the reason for hypertension in African-Americans.
According to the Journal of the American Heart Association, African Americans have reported high levels of chronic stress to be the cause of high blood pressure or hypertension, more often than those who reported low stress levels.
The researchers have stated that psychosocial stress is counted in the development of hypertension and that African Americans are more exposed to specific chronic stress factors such as discrimination and low socioeconomic status, as per Medical News.
According to Independent, the role of stress in chronic disease is often overlooked. Dr. Rangan Chatterjee, an influential doctor, author and television host said so.
He also stated that conditions like high blood pressure, depression, insomnia, weight gain and metabolic disease are all related to stress.
“A lot of people are oblivious to the effects of stress,” Dr. Chatterjee reiterated.
Meanwhile, in the Jackson Heart Study, people who are either moderately or extensively exposed to stress are more likely to develop hypertension.
“None of those things actually explained away that relationship, so it really increased our confidence that there’s a true association: that stress is increasing the risk of developing hypertension,” Dr. Tanya Spruill shared to TCTMD.
“Given the disproportionately high burden of hypertension in African Americans, determining if chronic stress increases the risk of hypertension in this population is an important question that could guide prevention strategies,” Dr. Spruill continued.
Furthermore, the study found that in over roughly seven years, African Americans who reported high stress levels over time had a 22% increased risk of developing high blood pressure, in contrast to people who have lower stress levels.