Sunday, May 29

Worry and anxiety linked to higher heart risk in men

We're keeping an eye on this research.

A recent study shows that middle-aged men who worry or feel anxious a lot are more likely to have problems that make them more likely to get heart disease as they get older than their friends who don't worry as much.


The study, which began in 1975, comprised 1,561 men without cardiac disease with an average age of 53. All of the males took tests to see how worried they were and how neurotic they were, a personality trait linked to feelings of dread, grief, and rage. Researchers collected data on the men's risk of cardiometabolic disease (which includes heart disease, stroke, and type 2 diabetes) every three to five years until they died or dropped out. Blood pressure, cholesterol, triglycerides, blood sugar, BMI, and a blood marker of inflammation were all measured.

Researchers discovered that having higher levels of concern or neuroticism was connected to a 10% to 13% higher risk of having six or more risk factors for heart disease, stroke, or type 2 diabetes over a nearly 23-year period. The study was published in the Journal of the American Heart Association in February 2022.

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