Navigation Links
Greek crisis has biological health effects
Date:9/24/2013

Young adults in Greece suffer more from stress and mental health problems and are less optimistic about the future than Swedes of the same age. The grave financial problems in Greece have brought on a social crisis that has probably affected people's health, according to a study from Linkping University.

In the study, recently published in the scientific journal PLOS One, groups of students at Athens University and Linkping University replied to questions about their health and perceived stress.

The results show that in every respect, the Greek students reported poorer health than the Swedish students. On the other hand, the biologically measured levels of the stress hormone cortisol were higher amongst the Greeks the opposite to what was expected.

"This should not be interpreted as saying that the students in Athens were less stressed than those in Linkping. We know from other studies that people who are depressed or are "burned out", or suffer from chronic stress syndrome actually have lower cortisol levels. People can handle shorter periods fo stress quite well, but after some time the body cannot manage the high stress levels and the cortisol levels start to fall. If the stress factors remain, it can also lead a weakened immune system", says Tomas Faresj, professor of medical sociology and chief investigator for the study.

The differences in participants' health and quality of life were very clear. For instance, 42% of the Greek students (52 of 124) had experienced serious life events, compared to 23% of the Swedish students. 47% of the Greeks reported stress compared 21% of the Swedes. 24% of the Greeks had no hope for the future, a view shared by just 5% of the Swedes.

"The study shows that the health of young Greeks is considerably worse than that of young Swedes. One can suspect that the social crisis in Greece is beginning to have biological effects on the residents of the country", says Dr Faresj.

Biological stress levels were measured using hair. This is a completely new method that has been further developed by the research group in Linkping. It makes it possible to measure the release of cortisol backward in time. The levels leave their mark in the hair, and since hair grows about one centimetre a month it is possible to see how stressed the person has been in recent months.


'/>"/>

Contact: Tomas Faresjo
tomas.faresjo@liu.se
46-738-028-088
Linkping University
Source:Eurekalert

Related medicine news :

1. Yopa!™ Authentic Greek Nonfat Yogurt Announces the Just Say Yopa! Video Contest
2. Voskos Greek Yogurt Introduces a New Flavor
3. Does Greek coffee hold the key to a longer life?
4. Virtual Doctors Offer New, Treatment Plan to Recent Mental Health Crisis in USA
5. Scientology Churches Countering South Africa Drug Crisis
6. US faces crisis in cancer care, says new IOM report
7. Alcohol Abuse Now A Crisis In UK
8. Survive Water Crisis: Review Examines Damian Campbell's New Program
9. '37 Food Items Sold Out After Crisis': Review Exposes Damian Campbell's New Guide
10. Floods Continue to Aid World Water Crisis
11. Baby Boomers and Drug Habits Are Proving to Become a Crisis
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:6/24/2016)... , ... June 24, 2016 , ... ... and Scientific Sessions in Dallas that it will receive two significant new grants ... grants came as PHA marked its 25th anniversary by recognizing patients, medical professionals ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... 24, 2016 , ... Dr. Amanda Cheng, an orthodontist ... has extensive experience with all areas of orthodontics, including robotic Suresmile technology, ... , Micro-osteoperforation is a revolutionary adjunct to orthodontic treatment. It can be used ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... June 24, 2016 , ... Topical BioMedics, Inc, makers of Topricin and MyPainAway Pain ... for a minimum wage raise to $12 an hour by 2020 and then adjusting it ... the lost value of the minimum wage, assure the wage floor does not erode again, ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... , ... June 24, 2016 , ... ... at the Clinical Decision Making in Emergency Medicine conference in Ponte Vedra Beach, ... journal articles published in Emergency Medicine Practice and Pediatric Emergency Medicine ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... June 24, 2016 , ... Puradigm® ... Group (TGIG), has initiated cultivation and processing operations at its production facility, and ... Nevada. , Puradigm is the manufacturer of a complete system of proactive air ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:6/23/2016)... 2016 Roche (SIX: RO, ROG; OTCQX: RHHBY) ... Elecsys BRAHMS PCT (procalcitonin) assay as a dedicated testing ... With this clearance, Roche is the first IVD company ... for sepsis risk assessment and management. PCT ... PCT levels in blood can aid clinicians in assessing ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... 23, 2016 Research and Markets has ... 52" report to their offering. ... creates a favourable commercial environment for MedImmune to enter. The ... that will serve to drive considerable growth for effective anti-influenza ... to cap sales considerably, but development is still in its ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... INDIANAPOLIS , June 23, 2016 ... Tomorrow,s Leaders Scholarship is any indication, the future is ... online at www.diabetesscholars.org by the Diabetes Scholars ... in the way of academic and community service excellence. ... program since 2012, and continues to advocate for people ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: