Researchers from the
University of Gothenburg's Sahlgrenska Academy conducted a population study of
women. Around 1,500 females were enrolled since late 1960.
The study focused on
the psychosomatic symptoms concerned with stress. The experts noted that in the
last five years, one in every five middle-aged females reported frequent or
The stress rate was
high in women aged between 40 to 60 years and among those who were either
single or smokers.
It was also seen that
40 percent of these women suffered from psychosomatic symptoms such as pain and
aches in their muscles and joints
Headache or migraine
was reported in 28 percent of middle-aged females and same percentage
complained of gastrointestinal symptoms.
When traced for about
12 years around 27 percent of women, who did not reported of any
stress-associated problems, suffered from new complaints of joint and muscular
pain while 15 percent women complained of gastrointestinal ailments and/or
Prof. Dominique Hange,
the researcher at the Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg, stated
that women's lifestyle has altered significantly since 1968.
The number of working
women has increased and this has contributed to rise in mental stress and
Prof Hange further
said that today the repercussions of stress are more easily accepted socially.
concluded that women not working outside their houses, who are smokers and who
are single, are more vulnerable to be affected by stress and related health
According to the scientists further research is
required to find out which methods are effective to cope with stress and to
minimize stress triggers and associated health consequences.