Stress and DNA:
Ohio State University Medical Center found that more than 170 genes were affected by stress (chronically high cortisol). When stress was high 100 genes shut off completely, including genes involved in wound healing, inflammation, sleep, metabolic function and cardiac regulation.
Managing stress with relaxation techniques:
- 58 individuals were studied in three groups: control, beginners to relaxation techniques, and experienced in relaxation techniques. 20 volunteers had 8 weeks meditation and yoga and at the end of the 8 weeks 1561 genes were affected (874 healthy genes upregulated and 687 genes associated with stress were downregulated). Experienced meditators expressed 2209 positive gene changes.
- Studies have proven that relaxation techniques such as yoga, breathing exercises, qi gong and tai chi statistically reduce the negative impacts of stress.
- Having good social support (in real life not on social media) is also associated with reduced negative impact of stress on a person