Hostile Men: Inflamed in More Ways Than One
A study out of Duke University has found that men who are hostile, depressed, and angry aren't just lousy company; they're also more likely to get sick on you down the road.
According to the research, published in the August edition of Brain, Behavior, and Immunity, such men develop higher levels of C3, an immune system protein that reflects inflammation. Higher levels of C3 are associated with an increased risk of heart disease, abnormal heart rhythms, and type 2 diabetes.
The researchers tested 313 men, first by assessing their feelings of hostility, anger, and depression in 1985 and then by measuring levels of inflammatory markers in their blood over a ten-year period between 1992 and 2002. Those who'd had the highest level of hostility and anger showed a 7.1 percent increase in C3 over the decade of the study. Those with low levels of the same attitudes had no change in C3 over the ten-year period.
It appears that the old adage "Don't sweat the small stuff" isn't only good for your interpersonal life; it just might keep that life going for awhile longer as well.