You will probably have read these articles several days ago that claimed that stress and commitment are good for health, improving cognitive performance, and keeping your brain in shape. It is a buffalo caused by the superficial reading of the results of a scientific research.
The dangers of internet
The web is a means of communication and dissemination of outstanding information, it has an amazing potential in terms of speed and coverage, but at the same time has an obvious defect: buffaloes are always around the corner. To bring traffic to your site, to increase visibility, many sites, including the most prestigious ones, come up with brilliant titles such as the one that stress would do well, causing them to derive from scientific studies that are badly interpreted or translated. Sometimes they are not even read.
So when a news agency reports a catch-reader, all the sites that want to be noticed, make an indiscriminate copy-paste, reporting fake news and helping to fuel confusion. We pay attention to the sources of the news and the authorship of the writer and first of all, let’s make some clarity about the matter.
What does research mean?
A study conducted by some researchers at the University of Texas, published by Frontiers magazine in Aging Neuroscience, has shown that memory of mature people improves if they keep engaging in mentally stimulating activities. A title like “Keeping the mind active is good for memory,” however, would not sound so resonant and would not attract visitors hordes. You know, sites often earn based on the number of readers, so it’s easy to think that most of them do not scrupulously present poor quality news.
The study that was shot up looked at 330 individuals aged 50 to 89 and showed that engaging in stimulating mental activity leads to significant cognitive benefits. To determine what the participants intended to be “very busy”, they completed a test where they answered questions like “How long are you busy on a typical day?” Or “How often do you have more to do than you already have actually done?” The study then showed that people who claimed to be more involved in their daily life showed better cognitive performance in terms of memory, but also of reasoning speed.
Do not you think the titles of published articles are misleading with the results of the study? Of course, mental and physical activity are definitely two ways to prevent many illnesses and maintain healthy and healthy body and brain at all ages. It is encouraging to know that science can support proverbs on health as healthy men’s in healthy body, or air, motion and sobriety keeps the man in health. But there is never talk of stress.
Stress is bad for health
From anywhere in the studio talking about stress physical or mental. All the research is to show that to maintain good cognitive levels beyond age; you have to be busy with many commitments, having your mind always active. In addition, the article was published in a journal of neuroscience exploring the new frontiers of aging, as explicitly stated in its name Frontiers of Aging in Neuroscience.
Keeping your brain worked constantly is a healthy habit, this research and many others before it confirm it. But stress is all the more, it is not definable as a state of occupation, of continuous activity of the mind, but as a state of tension in which body and mind react (often in poor health) to harmful stimuli of various kinds environment.
A similar definition appears in the studies of Hans Seyle, who first spoke of stress in the medical-biological sphere, conceiving it as a state of continuous effort of the organism within, a “general adaptation syndrome” that manifests itself in three phases: alarm, resistance and exhaustion. Here, then, in our case talking about stress makes no sense and is incorrect.
Stress is not good for health in any way, but it is a waste of energy and is a risk factor strongly related to many diseases, if not all. Among these, we can mention obesity, Alzheimer’s, depression, heart problems, and anxiety.