London : Scientists in Britain have warned that falling in love triggers a range of physical reactions in the body that can seriously damage health.
The ups and downs of romance cause a range of physical reactions like dilation of eyes, sweating of palms and increase in heart rate. It also leads to high secretion of the hormone adrenaline and that harms the body, researchers said.
Martin Cowie, a professor at Imperial College in London, said that stress related illnesses at work arose from near-identical physical phenomena, reported the online edition of Daily Mail.
“We have seen a big rise in people complaining of flu-like symptoms over a long period of time. That is simply due to stress,” Cowie said.
He added that the inability to acknowledge the effects of emotion on our health makes things worse.
“If people are suffering from emotional problems, they need to acknowledge the effect on their health. There is a feeling that talking about emotions somehow makes you weak, but there is a real link between emotions and health.
“We know, for instance, that newly widowed men have a 50 percent higher chance of serious heart problems,” Cowie said.