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Stress, Coping, and Health Emotional Inhibition People who have a tendency to suppress emotions such as fear, anxiety, and anger have a higher risk of becoming ill than people who can acknowledge and express their feelings. Lifestyles That Endanger Health People’s lifestyles can endanger their health. Three features of problematic lifestyles include smoking, not exercising, and eating poorly. Smoking Smoking increases the risk of many cardiovascular and lung diseases, including heart disease, hypertension, stroke, bronchitis, and emphysema. Smoking also increases the risk of cancers of the lung, mouth, bladder, kidney, larynx, esophagus, and pancreas. Although formal smoking cessation programs don’t help most people quit, many people eventually do stop smoking. Research shows that many people quit only after several unsuccessful attempts. Lack of Exercise Lack of exercise can also have strong negative effects. Regular exercise leads to longer life
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Unformatted text preview: expectancy, promotes cardiovascular health, decreases obesity-related problems such as diabetes and respiratory problems, and decreases the risk of colon, breast, and reproductive system cancers. Poor Nutrition Research shows that bad eating habits contribute to health problems: • Chronic overeating increases the risk of heart disease, hypertension, stroke, respiratory problems, arthritis, and back problems. • Low-fiber diets and diets that increase serum cholesterol levels are linked to heart disease. • Eating too much salt may contribute to high blood pressure. • High-fat, low-fiber diets are linked to cancers of the colon, prostate, and breast. • A low-calcium diet may contribute to osteoporosis. Getting Medical Treatment Once people develop symptoms of illness, their behavior influences whether their health will improve or worsen. People’s behavior can have an impact at three different stages....
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