Anxiety and excessive worry can have a significant impact on our health, as confirmed by a recent study that shows that people who are more anxious and worried have a higher risk of developing cardiometabolic diseases.

To understand the mechanisms by which anxiety may be associated with an increased risk of developing disease, research published in the Journal of the American Heart Association evaluated more than 1,500 healthy adult men, with an average age of 53 years, who completed a neuroticism scale and a worry scale.

Since 1975 when such questionnaires were completed, biomarkers of cardiometabolic risk were assessed every 3 to 5 years until 2015, which is why the study can see the long-term effects of anxiety.

The results show that a high level of anxiety and worry are associated with an elevated cardiometabolic rate over time, and that the risk of having six or more high-risk cardiometabolic risk markers is increased.

After adjusting the results for confounding factors, it is considered that the more anxiety and worry in middle adulthood, the higher the cardiovascular and metabolic risk increases over time.

Thus, people who are very anxious or who worry excessively may experience changes in their organism that deteriorate their health and, at older ages, represent a greater risk of suffering type 2 diabetes, heart disease and strokes or cerebrovascular accidents. In other words, they favor the risk of suffering cardiometabolic diseases.

For all these reasons, it is advisable when faced with high levels of anxiety or an excess of worry to turn to mental health professionals who can contribute to successfully face common problems, since our mental and emotional health has a considerable impact on the physical health of the organism.


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