Manage Your Stress Chapter 16


Inheriting Stress

One effect of stress that is especially concerning to researchers is that some damage may be passed down to the next generation. Evidence is building that some epigenetic changes in gene expression can be inherited. For example, the children of mothers who had chronic stress during pregnancy have higher-than-normal rates of mood and behavior ailments as adults. The offspring of those who lived through a grave famine were found to have altered genes for obesity. These epigenetic effects, caused by stressful life events, have prompted researchers to explore what other stress damage may be inherited.


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CHAPTER 1

What Causes Stress?

When you face challenges that seem beyond your control, your body's stress response takes over.
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CHAPTER 3

Fight or Flight

A perceived threat triggers this heart-pounding, muscle-tensing state of alertness.
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CHAPTER 8

Stress Takes a Toll

Over time, stress raises your risk of cardiovascular disease, digestive ailments and more.
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CHAPTER 10

Stress & the Growing Brain

Babies and kids who endure traumatic events develop different brain structure as they grow up.
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CHAPTER 14

Your Genes & Stress

Stress is one factor that can cause certain genes to switch on or off, affecting inherited traits.
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Inherited Stress Damage

There is growing evidence that some stress-induced changes in gene expression care passed on to children.
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CHAPTER 17

How Stress Ages Us

Part of our chromosomes that protects our cells during cell division can be damaged by stress, causing speedier aging.
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CHAPTER 20

Coping with Stress

You can't eliminate stress from your life, but you can minimize the harm by learning to manage it.
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CHAPTER 25

Meditation in Focus

One method of stress-reduction, meditation, brings measurable physical and emotional improvements.
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