The Effects of Stress on Your Body 1 Central nervous and endocrine systems. 2 Respiratory and cardiovascular systems. 3 Digestive system. 4 Muscular system. 5 Sexuality and reproductive system. 6 … (more items)
Stress has also an effect on the function of the cardiovascular system, such as increased heart rate, narrowing of the veins and increased risk of thrombosis and ischemia. The study adds that stress affects the gastrointestinal health by affecting appetite, normal function of GI tract, stomach acid secretion, and GI inflammation.
Stress stimulates the immune system, which can be a plus for immediate situations. This stimulation can help you avoid infections and heal wounds. But over time, stress hormones will weaken your immune system and reduce your body’s response to foreign invaders.