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Anger can be dangerous for your health, study says

May 20, 2019 - 10:42 am

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​​​​By Dr. Brian McDonough, Medical Editor

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — There is no doubt that negative emotions can impact our health. But just how damaging can certain emotions be and how can we measure the impact?

According to a new report in the journal Psychology and Aging, anger may be one of the most harmful emotions for human beings.

In a study where anger and its impact on the body was measured along with sadness and its impact on the body, there was a clear relationship between anger and an increase in inflammation.

Inflammation is designed to be a good thing to help the body and helps protect us from infection or tissue damage, but emotional stress such as anger -- especially persistent anger can stimulate too much inflammation.

Too much inflammation in the blood vessels is linked to the development of chronic illnesses such as heart disease, arthritis and cancer.