Stress is a natural part of life, and a little stress can be good for you. It gets blood flowing to your brain and you're able to focus on the task at hand. But it's when stress becomes chronic that it can be detrimental to your body, whether it's from heightened situations at work, family drama or traffic on the freeway.

"Stress can have a huge impact on a person's health," explains internal medicine specialist Dr Matthew Mintz. Just how big of an impact? Dr Mintz says that most doctor's office visits are related to conditions caused or aggravated by stress. Here are 30 alarming - and sometimes surprising - ways stress can mess with your body.