Constant fighting tied to early death
Frequent fighting and arguing may lead to increased risk of death in middle-age, according to new research.
Scientists from the University of Copenhagen collected data on 9,875 men and women between ages 36 and 52 who had taken part in the Danish Longitudinal Study on Work, Unemployment and Health. Focusing on the link between stressful social relations and premature death, the researchers found that men and women who were more frequently involved in conflicts were at the greatest risk of dying early. Also contributing to premature death was high demands from partners and children and being unemployed, researchers found.
The study’s results, published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, concluded that constant arguing may increase mortality risk in men and women by two or three times the normal rate. However, the researchers were unable to explain the factors behind their findings. They said that one explanation could be that stress may lead to high blood pressure and an increased risk of heart disease, which may in turn increase mortality risk. Researchers recommended that people may benefit from having a good social support network and developing healthy reactions to stress.