Stress may measurably increase your level of LDL, the so-called bad cholesterol that may increase your risk of heart disease. Researchers at University College London recently found that people who have strong stress response levels may also experience more inflammation (and have more LDL) that, in turn, harms heart health.
The scientists point out that stress may interfere with the body’s processes that take cholesterol out of the blood. It may also boost the secretion of interleukin 6, an immunity component that adds to inflammation.
“It appears that a person’s reaction to stress is one mechanism through which higher lipid levels may develop,” says Andrew Steptoe, D.Sc., one of the researchers. He further notes that, “… the (higher) levels are something to be concerned about.”