I warn my patients about the hazards of stress all the time. The fact is, if you don’t deal with the stress in your life, it can (and will) kill you. And, unfortunately, that’s especially true for women.
That’s the takeaway of a recent study featured in the Journal of the American Heart Association. And with pandemic worries crushing women at a disproportionate rate, the sooner this message gets out, the better…
A one-two shot to the heart
This study looked specifically at job-related strain and the impact of negative social interactions on women. And it found that, together, these two stressors added up to a 21 percent higher risk of developing coronary heart disease.
Researchers at Drexel University looked at data from a sample of more than 80,000 participants of the Women’s Health Initiative Observational Study. This study tracked the women from 1991 to 2015.
Nearly five percent developed heart disease over the course of the study. And after adjusting for factors like age and socioeconomic status, the researchers found that high-stress life events—which include spouse death, divorce, and physical or verbal abuse—were linked with a 12 percent increase in heart disease risk.
High social strain, meanwhile, was linked with a 9 percent higher risk of heart disease. Work strain didn’t have an independent link to coronary heart disease—but that doesn’t make it less deadly in combination.
In the end, it all adds up to one very serious problem for women. Unfortunately, it’s a problem that has only gotten worse over the past year, as women seem to be bearing the brunt of the stress burden—often taking on more of the caregiving, job loss, and other practical hardships linked with this pandemic.
The good news is, this is one problem with a long list of affordable and effective solutions. For instance, proper diet, regular exercise, and quality sleep all go a long way in dulling the edges of daily stress.
But there’s one more recommendation I offer to all of my patients looking for more powerful support: cannabidiol (CBD). In fact, it’s quickly becoming my treatment of choice for anyone suffering from anxiety, depression, and sleeplessness.
A safer way to combat stress
CBD doesn’t have psychoactive effects like its cannabinoid counterpart, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)—but clinical studies show it has a potent positive effect on serotonin receptors in the brain. All without the mood swings, insomnia, and sexual dysfunction that so often accompany drug treatment for depression and anxiety.
I’ve said it before, but this plant really can do it all. And I’m thrilled that loosening restrictions on medical marijuana means it’s easier to access than ever. But of course, that also means consumers need to be more wary of the various CBD products on the market…
The CBD products I recommend to my patients are high quality and rigorously tested to assure you’re getting exactly what you’re paying for. They’re always made from full spectrum hemp, and my newest favorite product uses olive oil as a carrier. (And because it’s a simple liquid in a dropper, you can adjust your dose to your specific needs!)
I really can’t think of a safer or more user-friendly way to take the edge off of chronic anxiety, depression, or sleeplessness.
To learn more about how to find a product that really works—including form and dosage—check out the July 2020 issue of my monthly Logical Health Alternatives newsletter (“Ready to try CBD?”). If you’re not yet a subscriber, click here now to become one today!
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“Stress from work and social interactions put women at higher coronary heart disease risk.” Science Daily, 04/09/2021. (sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/04/210409124746.htm)