Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Bad Relationship?

Bad relationships may increase your risk of heart disease.

Just out in the Archives of Internal Medicine:
A study of 9,011 British civil servants, most married, found that those with the worst close relationships were 34 percent more likely to have heart attacks or other heart trouble during 12 years of follow-up than those with good relationships. "Relationships" included that with partners, close relatives and friends.

What does it mean? Just more information suggesting that stress has a larger effect on one's general health that we previously assumed. Which makes intuitive sense, and people probably know/feel, but science has yet to catch up to this concept.

What to do? Easier said than done, but don't stay in bad relationships.

It's not worth risking your health.

Be safe!

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Blogger Texas reader said...

I was over 40 when I ended my relationship with my father due to lifelong emotional abuse from him. I hope its not too late to avoid any medical problems from all those years of his ugliness. Unfortunately, my mother refuses to move out, despite more than one psychiatrist telling her its the only way to beat her depression (she's had every med available plus ECT's) because Mom doesn't want to lower her standard of living. I hope dr's will be assertive with their patients about making critical decisions for both their mental and physical health. They can now use this finding.

12:16 AM  
Blogger wandering visitor said...

Hi Texas reader,

Thanks for your comment.

It is important that we do advise people of how important emotional well-being is to physical well-being. Unfortunately, as you well know, adults need to make up their own minds as to how they want to live their life and deal with their problems. All we can do is try to help them...

10:20 PM  

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