How does unhappiness affect aging in men?

Dr. Michael Roizen, MD
Internal Medicine
Men are particularly at risk of the aging effects of being unhappy. Studies of twins in Finland indicate that predictors of satisfaction in life are major determinants of the death rates for men. These predictors include how happy they are with their lot in life, no matter what it may be; whether or not they are lonely; and whether or not they have a general interest in life. A general dissatisfaction with life predicts not only adverse health behavior (such as smoking, not watching one's diet, and not exercising) but also mortality rates, especially among men. In fact, this appears to be one of the major differences between men and women. Men who are dissatisfied don't practice healthy habits, whereas women who are dissatisfied with life don't have the same mortality risk. Apparently, women continue to practice healthy habits and do not "give up."
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