Middle-aged men at risk from rows


Think again before you pick another fight with your tearaway daughter or go head-to-toe once more with the people next door over their late-night parties. Danish researchers say people who argue constantly with relatives, friends or neighbors are more than twice as likely to die in middle age.

Men, and those who are unemployed, seem to be especially at risk, they add.

In 2000, investigators enrolled nearly 10,000 Danes aged 36-52 in a long-term study about their health and lifestyle, and followed them for the next 11 years. By the end of this period, 4 percent of the women participants, and 6 percent of the men, had died — and the researchers found a clear link between mortality and disputation.

Those who had reported they argued frequently with anyone in their social circle, from partners and relatives to friends and neighbors, were between two and three times more likely to die from any cause compared with counterparts who had said these incidents were rare.

The probe took into account factors that could skew the findings, such as symptoms of depression, but it did not incorporate personality traits.