A new study has highlighted that women exposed to high levels of financial and emotional stress are more likely to die soon than those who have a smooth sail through life. The following finding has been projected by the Statistics Canada study that evaluated the stress levels of women between 1994 and 1995. It has been concluded that the experimental group members were more likely to die over the next 8 years.
Feelings of sadness, hopelessness or worthlessness were considered as psychologically distressing factors. This was found to be an important predictor in determining the mortality of women aged 65 years or older.
More than 2,400 senior citizens were included in the study. The effect of psychological distress was significant even when other factors such as age, financial status, family circumstances, level of education, presence of long-term diseases, smoking, obesity and alcohol consumption were taken into consideration.
The result of the present study correlates with the previous studies that correlate survival and mental health status. Furthermore, women have been found to be more prone to stress compared to men, suggesting the possibility that chronic degenerative conditions such as cancer and heart disease could be more dangerous to women than men.