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4th April, 2017
 
PTSD is a systemic disorder with comorbidities

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) has been traditionally regarded as a psychological disorder. However, the findings of a new study suggest that PTSD should be considered a systemic disorder and not just a psychological disorder as it is associated with several comorbidities independent of exposure to trauma.
 Researchers analysed the health status of 298 Australian veterans aged between 60 and 88 years who had fought in the Vietnam War between February 2014 and July 2015. Of these, 108 had confirmed PTSD, while 106 acted as trauma-exposed controls. 

Compared to trauma-exposed controls, patients with PTSD had higher frequency (14.1% vs 17.7%, respectively) of comorbid conditions of the gastrointestinal, hepatic, cardiovascular and respiratory systems. It was also associated with sleep disorders. Comorbid depression was found in 22% of subjects with PTSD. 
These patients also had a higher prevalence of risk factors such as smoking, alcohol dependence and higher BMI.
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One can reduce stress by changing their interpretation of the situation

New Delhi, March 03rd, 2017: We live in the age where stress has become an integral part of our lives. While some amount of stress motivates us to be better at what we do and put in just that extra effort to achieve our goals, too much stress has a drastic impact on our health.

Stress promotes overindulgence in comfort foods, which are high in trans fats, sodium and sugar making us prone to obesity, diabetes, heart disease and hypertension. It encourages us to depend on evils such as smoking, alcohol/drugs and may lead to substance abuse. It causes a lack of sleep, and promotes a sedentary lifestyle. Stress may also affect our mental health, which and manifest as anxiety and depression.
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