Can nagging send you to an early grave? Yes, it can apparently. One study has been released suggesting a connection between stressful relationships and an early death. This might be something to think about next time you nag your loved one. The cheesy quip of 'you'll send me to early grave with all your nagging' is not too far off the mark in reality.
The Telegraph reported on this new study out of Denmark on May 9, and it appears that men are more at risk for an early death when they are nagged by their spouses or other loved ones. The study first appeared in the Journal of Epidemiol Community Health, and it focused on stressful social relationships.
According to this study conducted by the University of Cophenhagen, men were more likely to die because of a stressful marriage. Women were found to be immune by the study. Nagging or high stress in their relationships did not have an adverse impact on their health. However, with a man it appeared that he was "2.5 likely to die within ten years" when his relationship was more stressful.
How did the study find out this information? Researchers studied 100,000 people, and 315 more deaths were attributed over stress and anxiety. This number was calculated using a sample of 9875 men and woman. The study was conducted over a 10 year period. At the end of the study, it was discovered by researchers that 196 women and 226 men died.
Researchers looked back at the research, and it was found that those that had mentioned stressful relationships at the start of the study were 50 to 100 percent more likely to die. What caused these deaths? Cancer was the leading killer among those in the study, but other illnesses were also present. These include heart and liver disease. Others died from accidents or suicide.
Why are men more impacted by stress? Men are more likely to bottle in their emotions. They have no social outlet to release their stress. They are more likely to talk about other topics with those around them than the things stressing them out. Bottling emotions in can lead to other problems like drinking or eating too much. High stress can also lead to an increase in smoking and depression. These behaviors and conditions could start the vicious cycle to an early death, according to Robert Lund.
Lund is one of the researchers a part of this study at the University of Copenhagen. He said the following about the impact of stress on mortality, according to Live Science: "Having these types of stressful relations can lead to bodily symptoms which have been shown before to increase the risk of high blood pressure. These effects on the body might be part of the explanation for the connection between stress and mortality 10 years later."
The study also noticed a relationship between unemployment and early deaths for men as well. Those that had a job with a stressful relationship were less likely to die early than someone that did not have a job. Being unemployed adds even more stress to one's life. Worrying about paying the bills and taking care of one's family could cause high stress for anyone.
It has always been known that stress could have an impact on one's life. Every day and normal stress is okay, but it is when stress becomes constant and extreme that it can have an impact on one's health. With men more closed off, they do feel the impact more. Women talk to friends and loved ones about what is stressing them without hesitation.
If men were to do the same, would this study been different? It is possible, but in today's society men were brought up differently than women. As little boys, they were taught to be tough. That could have started the vicious cycle towards death long before they were married. What do you think of this study? Will it cause you to behave any differently in your home? Ladies, will you stop nagging your husband?