You must have heard that depression can lead to various diseases such as heart problems, diabetes and panic disorder. And what about the sadness like a girlfriend broke up, lost wallet, or a fight with a friend? Can sadness like that, who are not depressed, detrimental to health as well?
A study published in the journal Molecular Psychiatry says that feelings of sadness can change the level of the chemical compounds associated with stress, in the brain. These compounds increase the protein causes inflammation in the blood, increasing the risk of heart disease, stroke and metabolic syndrome.
When you're sad, the chemical in the brain called opioid going up and disrupt the immune system and potentially increase the risk of various diseases, said Alan Prossin, lead author of the study and assistant professor of UTHealth in Houston.
In the study, Alan found that opioid sometimes triggers the release of inflammatory protein called IL-18 as described above.
"Although not as crimped depression sadness, but sadness can also disrupt the entire functioning of the body, said John E. Mayer, PhD, psychologist and author of Family Fit klibis.
Sadness can also raise levels of the stress hormone called cortisol, which can disrupt blood sugar, blood pressure and sleep quality.
Fortunately, there are simple ways to overcome it all. Small changes here and there, such as meditation, exercise, hang out with friends, it will gradually be able to neutralize the negative effects of grief, said Alan.