According to a new study published in the Journal of the American Heart Association, middle-aged men who are anxious and worried could be at greater biological risk for developing type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and stroke. This research shows that these associations may be present much earlier in life than is commonly expected, potentially during childhood or young adulthood.
For the study, researchers tracked anxiety and cardiometabolic disease in 1,561 men who were an average age of 53 years. All participants were enrolled in the Normative Aging study founded at US Veterans Affairs outpatient clinic in Boston in 1975. All men completed baseline assessments of neuroticism and did not have cardiovascular disease or cancer at that time.
Neuroticism is a personality trait known to interpret situations as threatening, overwhelming, or stressful. Previous studies have shown that individuals with high levels of neuroticism are prone to experience negative emotions such as anxiety, fear, anger, and sadness more intensely and more frequently than those without the condition.
All men had physical exams and blood tests every three to five years until they either died or dropped out of the study. The research team also used follow-up data through 2015.
During the follow-up visits, seven cardiometabolic risk factors were measured, including systolic and diastolic blood pressure, cholesterol, triglycerides, obesity, fasting blood sugar levels, and a marker of inflammation.
It was found that between the ages of 33 to 65, the average number of high-risk cardiometabolic factors increased by about one per decade, followed by a slower increase per decade after the age of 65. At all ages, participants with higher levels of neuroticism had a more significant number of high-risk cardiometabolic factors.
Higher neuroticism was linked with a 13% higher likelihood of having six or more cardiometabolic disease risk factors. These findings stayed true even after adjusting for demographic characteristics and family history of heart disease. Participants with higher worry levels were also associated with a 10% higher likelihood of having six or more cardiometabolic disease risk factors.
Treatment of Anxiety and Worry
Although more research is needed to confirm these findings in populations other than white males, researchers suggest that the treatment of anxiety and worry could help to lower your cardiometabolic risk factor.
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