We live in era in which hearing phrases such as “he easily flies off the handle…be careful not to cross her path…he walks around with a huge chip on his shoulder…he always looks for a fight and never walks away from one,” are chillingly normative. Some people take pride in being associated with these behavioral traits- they brook no nonsense from any one. They do not take insult, implied or explicit, from anyone sitting down. Maybe you happen to be in one of the above categories. But anger is not your friend. Do not embrace it because anger can dispose you to myriad health disorders and conditions. A meta-analysis of studies conducted between 2000 and 2010 assessing the effects of anger on health revealed that any form of anger whether suppressed or expressed can be a determinant of various diseases including coronary heart disease (CHD), diabetes, bulimic behaviors and high blood pressure (Staicu & Cuţov, 2010) . Anger is correlated with cardiovascular diseases because of the bearing it has on the HPA axis as well as on sympathetic nerves. The result of this bearing is an excessive secretion of corticosteroids and catecholamine, which are stress hormones that are capable of triggering a flood of health problems. Anger is also associated with inflammation of the immune system. This situation gets worse if an individual harbors prolonged or chronic anger. Anger can also lead to irrational decisions with terrible repercussions. As such, anger is a self-destructive tool. Next time you want to get angry think about what it might cost your health. An even tempered individual is likely to enjoy better health than a short-tempered individual.

No wonder the Bible says that “Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath,” (Ephesians 4:26).

Learn more about how fearfully and wonderfully made you are from the book, The Perfect Prescription. Catch a glimpse of it from: http://youtu.be/9TOcHIb8N5k

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