Chronic stress lowers the body's immune response and leaves you susceptible to a range of illnesses
Last month, a 34-year-old patient came to Vivek Nangia, director of the department of pulmonary and infectious diseases at Delhi’s Fortis Flt Lt Rajan Dhall Hospital. His complaint: low-grade fever and a persistent cough. Tests confirmed he had tuberculosis. But Dr Nangia’s diagnosis didn’t end there. The patient, who works in a mid-management role in a multinational firm, wanted to get to the root of the problem. “Doc, why did this happen?" Dr Nangia recalls the patient asking. Further probing showed the patient had a demanding job, stayed out late and, more often than not, ate poorly. He had a suppressed immune response due to stress.
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