Dwelling On Stressful Events Can Increase Inflammation


Icone02A new study by Zoccola and colleagues found that people that were asked to dwell on a stressful event had higher levels of C-reactive protein (CRP). CRP is produced in the liver and its blood levels rise in response to inflammation e.g. infections, injuries, rheumatic or other inflammatory diseases, etc. Patients with high CRP concentrations are more likely to develop stroke, myocardial infarction and severe peripheral vascular disease.

The fact that rumination increases inflammation means that dwelling on negative thoughts has an adverse impact on pain and recovery from soft tissue injuries. Yet another brilliant example of the mind-body connection at work!

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