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Nagging early grave: Study shows nagging drives men to an early grave

Nagging could lead to an early grave. A new study shows that if you are a nagger, you could ultimately cause an early grave for the person you are nagging, the Atlanta Journal reported Friday. The study showing the effects on stress and health was affirmed by other studies including one that was conducted here in San Francisco in 2006.

This recent study was conducted in Denmark. The results showed that people with stressful relationships are two to three times more likely to die prematurely and that men are most at risk.

The research was published in the Journal of Epidemiol Community Health.

The University of Copenhagen report found that men are believed to be more affected by stress because many of the tendency of some men to keep their feelings bottled up more than women. Women tend to be more vocal immediately when things bother them.

The Danish researchers found that 315 extra deaths per 100,000 people could be caused by stressful relationships, including demands from their partners, The Telegraph reported. The effect could be so strong that it could result in thousands of deaths a year. But surprisingly, it found that woman may be more immune to the effect of nagging, the report found that there was little effect on their death rates.

The Telegraph notes that researchers found that 315 extra deaths per 100,000 people each year could be caused by stressful relationships, including nagging demands from partners.

The Danish researchers asked 9,875 men and women, whose ages ranged from 36-52, questions about their relationships, the Independent reported. Then the researchers followed up with those same subjects 11 years later. A total of 4 percent of the women and 6 percent of the men they had interviewed 11 years earlier had died.

The scientists then took it one step ahead. They analyzed the connection between the deaths and arguments and worries the individuals had in their relationships.

The results were startling. People who had frequent nagging demands from partners and frequent demands from partners had 50-100% increased mortality risk.

Half of those deaths were from cancer. Age, gender, employment status and overall living arrangements were taken into consideration. They also found that how individuals cope with stress makes a big difference.

Researchers noted that stress increases the risk of heart disease and stroke and encourages poor habits such as eating junk food or not getting enough exercise.

Researchers wrote, "Stressful social relations are associated with increased mortality risk among middle-aged men and women for a variety of different social roles. Those outside the labor force and men seem especially vulnerable to exposure.”

This study’s results had been echoed by previous studies.

A Tel Aviv University study conducted in 2006 found that stressed workers were almost twice as likely to develop Type 2 diabetes, LiveScience reports.

Another 2006 study from University of California at San Francisco showed hormones triggered from stress could cause diseases including psoriasis and eczema.

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