A TOOWOOMBA pharmacist believes he has a potential to women's stress levels thanks to new technology and a test to gauge where their stress is coming from.

Stress levels in Australians have never been higher thanks to all the challenges of 2020, and a new Priceline Pharmacy report has revealed the long-term health problems that come with increased amounts of stress.

The research has revealed that 95 per cent of Australian women experience stress, the equivalent to 73,433 women in the Toowoomba area.

However, 59 per cent of women have never consulted a health professional in relation to stress management, and 15 per cent don't even know who to ask for help.



Pharmacist Justin Withers says it is no surprise that such a large percentage of women are feeling the pressure of life, but the lack of knowledge around its health impacts is concerning.

"The research found that despite the majority of women understanding the impacts of stress on their health and reduced immunity, only 47 per cent were aware that stress impacts heart health," he said.

"This is very concerning considering heart disease is the second highest cause of death among Australian women."

During the month of September, Priceline Pharmacy's health station now includes a medically reviewed stress test to help those in Toowoomba better manage and monitor stress.

"It's important that your goal becomes to manage your stress rather than to get rid of it because severe persistent stress can take a toll on your body and brain over time and can contribute to several health issues such as migraines, insomnia, high blood pressure, anxiety and depression," Mr Withers said.

"Consider simple lifestyle changes like maintaining a healthy diet, getting enough sleep, exercising regularly, and limiting caffeine and alcohol intake as well as speaking to a health professional like a pharmacist or GP to help manage your stress."



Priceline Pharmacists are here to help and talk to you about any health concerns.

Find your closest Priceline Pharmacy here https://www.priceline.com.au/store-locator in order to access the Stress test on one of Priceline's Health Stations.

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