(Health Central) – People who have stressful relationships with friends, family and at work may have an increased risk of premature death, according to a study from the University of Copenhagen.

Scientists examined data on 9,870 adults in their 30s through 50s between the year 2000 and 2011. Relationship stress was measured through questionnaires about which relationships—with partners, children, relatives, friends and neighbors—caused worry and conflict. The researchers then examined the influence of relationship stress on all causes of death.

The researchers found that frequent conflicts were linked to an increased risk of dying during the study’s time period.


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