Stress in America Survey: Americans Stressed, But None More than Those in Denver

ROCHESTER, N.Y., Nov. 4 (UPI) — Americans are stressed about work, money and job stability and people in Denver are more stressed than other Americans, the Stress in America survey indicates.

The survey by the American Psychological Association found more than 75 percent of Denver residents report significant stress from work and money — a cause of concern for psychologists who worry about the effects of long-term stress and how it can contribute to chronic health disorders.

Thirty-five percent rated their average stress levels as an 8, 9 or 10 on a 10-point scale — compared to 24 percent nationally — while 48 percent said their stress has increased during the past year.

High and long-lasting levels of stress can contribute to serious physical health problems such as diabetes, heart disease, obesity and high blood pressure.

Sixty-five percent of Denver residents said they have been told by a health provider they have a chronic health condition — 31 percent with high blood pressure, 28 percent overweight or obesity and 23 percent high cholesterol.

APA’s annual survey reveals that nationally nearly one-quarter of adults report experiencing high levels of stress, while 51 percent report moderate stress levels.

The survey, conducted July 21 and Aug. 4 by by Harris Interactive among 1,568 U.S. adults, included an oversample of 202 adults in Denver. No additional survey details were provided.

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