New research has found that men who have undergone moderate or high levels of stressful life events are at much greater risk of death
Most adults have experienced the reality that stressful life events can take a serious toll on health. Not only mental, but physical health can suffer in the wake of major upsets like the death of a spouse, the loss of a job, or divorce. Now, a new study finds that the more stressful life events men weather in middle age or older, the greater the risk of death. But luckily there's a limit, so the most stressed-out lives won't end too soon.
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The current study looked at 1,000 healthy men who enrolled in a long-term study in the 1960s. The data the researchers used, however, spanned the years 1985 to 2003, so events occurring later in life were the point of interest.
"Most studies look at typical stress events that are geared at younger people, such as graduation, losing a job, having your first child. I modified the stress measure to reflect the kinds of stress that we know impacts us more as we age," said lead author Carolyn Aldwin. These stressors included the divorce of a child, retirement, or having to put a parent or spouse in a retirement home or institution.