Nearly everyone who is, or has been, married knows that it is part of relationships that can really take its toll on you. But now, a new study shows that constant nagging by a spouse can literally shorten your life.
Danish researchers from the University of Copenhagen concluded that having a nagging partner can shorten one’s life considerably. They determined that 3 out of every 100 deaths per year are literally caused by being “nagged to death.”
Sounds like satire, right? It’s not.
The study followed almost 10,000 Danish men and women who were between the ages of 36 and 52. The study concluded that people who are nagged by their spouses have a higher probability of getting both heart disease and cancer.
The study said that men in particular are at risk, but both men and women alike have higher rates of heart disease and cancer when nagged by a spouse consistently. The study determined that men who said they face constant nagging and “many demands” from their partners, or close friends, are more than twice as likely to die when compared to women who were 34% more likely to die under such circumstances.
Researchers involved with the study said that “men were especially vulnerable to frequent worries/demands from their partner, contradicting earlier findings suggesting that women were more vulnerable.”
The real reason for why men find themselves more at risk, however, is likely because men are less likely to share their problems with close friends or family.