Saturday, December 16, 2006
Ills of stress
According to a new study, stress can have repercussions later in life in the form of chronic fatigue. People who considered their lives to be stressful at the start of the 1970s today suffer more often from chronic fatigue than others.
Chronic fatigue is a condition characterised by long-lasting and abnormal exhaustion, often accompanied by concentration impairment, mood swings, insomnia and pain in the muscles and joints. Despite extensive research, no root causes have been identified; all that scientists know so far is that it seems to appear across all ages and social classes in many different countries.
A research group from the Karolinska Institutet in Sweden has now been able to show that one of the direct causes of chronic fatigue is stress. Using the results from a health survey conducted among almost 20,000 twins from the Swedish Twin registry in 1973 and of a repeat survey of the same population in 1998 (which contained questions about chronic fatigue), the researchers found that the group who claimed to have stressful lives 25 years previously, ran a 65% greater chance of developing chronic fatigue than those who did not.
Meanwhile, senior gynaecologists and members of Bengal Obstetric and Gynaecological Society have observed that with the rapid change in lifestyle in the urban areas of the state, and particularly in Calcutta, and consequent excessive stress, infertility among men was increasing at a pretty fast rate. Infertility is now a problem for both women and men.