Arguments may ruin more than just friendships. New research suggests that people who frequently argue with those close to them nearly triple their overall chances of a middle-aged death.

A study published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, details how researchers were able to find a direct association between the stressful nature of arguing and the dangerous long-term impacts it can have on a person’s health.

For the the study, researchers from the University of Copenhagen in Denmark analyzed data on nearly 10,000 men and women between the ages of 36 and 52. The data was collected from the Danish Longitudinal Study on Work, Unemployment and Health – an ongoing long-term population-based study.

The participants were asked to answer a survey which contained questions that concerned their everyday social interaction with friends and loved-ones. According to the study, these questions were designed to provide insight for the researcher, primarily revealing who frequently was involved in disagreements with those close to them or was a source of conflict.

– Brian Stallard

via Arguing May Raise Risk of Death for Middle-age Adults : Biology : Nature World News.