Stress isn’t good for anyone. But now we have even more evidence of the negative impact it could have on men’s health.
Findings from a 40-year long study of men revealed that those who tend to worry more had a higher risk for heart disease, stroke, and Type 2 diabetes.
Researchers looked at the relationship between anxiety and cardiometabolic diseases in men from 1975 to 2015. Participants, on average, were 53 years old at the start of the study. Every three to five years, they received a physical exam and blood work until they either died or left the study. They also completed tests to assess a baseline for their anxiety levels.
- Participants with a higher level of neuroticism had a 13% increased risk of developing more risk factors for cardiometabolic disease.
- Participants with a higher level of worry had a 10% increased risk.
- Overall, men who had higher levels of anxiety and worry had a higher likelihood of developing a cardiometabolic disease over time than those with lower levels of anxiety or worry.
It is important to note that the participants were 97% white. More studies need to be done on a more diverse population of men. However, the findings do indicate the potential for serious impacts on the health of men whose anxiety, neuroticism, and worry are unmanaged.
The authors of the study recommend that men who struggle with anxiety and worry be more proactive about their health by getting routine physical exams and managing blood pressure and weight.
Getting treatment for anxiety was not part of the study, but it likely couldn’t hurt when it comes to long-term health and quality of life.