O.K., let’s get something straight. To be human is to die. It WILL happen. The best thing to do is to enjoy yourself until it does, or, at least, that’s our philosophy. However! There is a new study out that may worry some of you who are a bit less footloose and fancy free. After analyzing data from 45,000 participants in 29 countries, the researchers determined that if you’re younger than 65 and you live alone, you may have a greater risk of dying.
If you’re younger than 65 and you live with someone, you have a greater risk of being annoyed when they leave the toilet seat up, among other classic, hilarious beefs of coupling.
The risk (of death) was actually quantifiable: “living alone was associated with a 21 percent greater chance of dying of all causes…and a 22 percent increased risk of dying from cardiovascular disease.”
The increased risk was attributed to people not being around to make you get the attention you need for health problems or following accidents. But, if you make it to 80, you have a higher chance of hanging on.
Those living alone younger than 65 were at highest risk. For those 65 to 80, living alone or with others made no difference. However, those older than 80 and living alone had a 14 percent lower risk of dying.
Like we said, we’re all going to die. If you’re going to shack up with someone, you should probably have a better reason than trying to minimize your death risk. For example: Live with someone so you can pay less rent.
Living alone may boost risk of dying, says study presented at AHA meeting [Orlando Sentinal via Pat’s Papers]
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