A recent study found that fluctuating income is associated with an increased risk of heart disease and death, and that it is not just for the elderly, but for people of relatively young age.
Researchers from the University of Miami have analyzed the results of a previous study that began in 1990 and was conducted on participants aged 23-35 years in four US cities in four different states: Minnesota, Illinois, California, and Alabama (CARDIA). The researchers investigated a 25% or more decline in income between 1990-2005 and mortality rates between 2005 and 2015.
The researchers concluded that the substantial fluctuations in income were associated with an increased risk of death and cardiovascular disease in the decade following these financial fluctuations.
According to the researchers, the risk was more pronounced in people belonging to certain human groups, such as African Americans, non-employees, unmarried men, smokers, people who did not receive high school, and people who showed signs of depression.
Although the study did not establish a cause-and-effect relationship between income variability and increased risk of cardiovascular disease and death, researchers suspect that the reason for this relationship is to increase the demand for unhealthy activities at low incomes, such as excessive alcohol intake or low exercise , Mental distress, or high blood pressure.
The results of the study were recently published in Circulation Journal.
Source: Medical News Today