Sunday, January 15, 2006

stress of life

The stress of life has long been known to accelerate the rate of aging. So far, the most solid evidence supporting this view comes from comparative epidemiology. Studies have been conducted in which people of different cultures with the same factors for coronary risk, such as smoking habits and blood pressure levels, have been studied. The people who lived in a more traditional and stable society had three times fewer cases of coronary disease. The people who lived in the more modern society had three times more cases of coronary disease. This study helps establish that stress plays a very important role in a person's health.
Brocklehurst, J. C. Textbook of Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology. New York: Churchill Livingstone, 1985.


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