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Mad as Hell? Get Over It!

Posted by Julie M.

This shouldn’t be news but researchers studying 313 healthy Vietnam vets found that anger and hostility make increased the risk for heart disease, diabetes, and high blood pressure. Apparently those vets with the highest levels of hostility, anger, and depression showed a steady increase in a protein called C3, a marker for the inflammation that is a risk factor for cardiovascular illness. No one knows why this happens—the researchers suspect that the anger initiates a series of chemical responses in the immune system that can lead to inflammation. One thing’s for sure: holding onto anger, rage and other negative feelings not only makes you feel bad, it can make you sick, even if you havent been through a war! So exercise, meditate, call up your best friend, or seek professional help to deal with your feelings. Don’t get mad, get healthy!
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