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If you think an eye roll might be the only consequence of your wedding planning freak outs, consider the results of this recent study: A woman's chronic stress — defined as stress that lasts a year or longer — will increase her husband's blood pressure to unhealthy levels. And while that study looked at men and women well into their 60s, who'd tied the knot many years before, this lesson still applies to brides-to-be: Your stress affects your partner's health.
"For many people, the most stressful portions of their relationships occur in the weeks and months before their weddings," says Dennis A. Goodman, MD, associate professor of medicine and cardiologist at NYU Langone Medical Center. And because most women take a year or more to plan their big days, the conditions are ripe to create chronic stress — and health problems for your husband-to-be. Here, according to Goodman, are three other ways your stress could affect your fiancé's health.
His adrenaline could go into overdrive, leading to inflammation.
When your guy experiences stress, his adrenaline levels leap up. "When people have too much adrenaline in their system," says Goodman, "they can also end up with increased inflammation. Your blood vessels become inflamed. Your joints become inflamed. Even your guts become inflamed."
He could get really tired.
Your body runs on adrenaline, but you don't have an infinite supply. "It's kind of like a car. If you're driving your car at 100 miles per hour, you're going to run out of gas quicker," explains Goodman. "Your whole body gets fatigued."
His ticker will need to work harder.
With too much adrenaline rushing through his system, your guy's heart will race to keep up. "Your heart rate increases and your heart works much harder," which, if left unchecked over the long term, can increase his risk of heart disease, says Goodman.
But if you can manage your own stress — yoga and meditation are great ways to start — you can prevent your guy from its negative health effects. "The more you do things as a team, the more you take each other into consideration, the more you respect the other person's wishes, the better your health will be," says Goodman.