More Bad News For the Depressed and Anxious

Posted on December 7, 2005

In the "life is not fair" category: a new study shows that geeky men who have social anxiety are more likely to die of a heart attack. The study seemingly proves that men who are lonely, depressed and avoid social interaction are more likely to have a heart attack -- and presumably die alone, totally miserable.
Men who avoid social interaction -- not bothering to say hello or even discuss the day's activities with friends or co-workers -- face an increased risk of death from heart disease.

"Social avoidance was associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular death independent of the men's baseline heart risk factors," Jarett Berry, MD, of Northwestern University, Chicago, told those attending the American Heart Association's Scientific Sessions.

When men who scored high on a social-avoidance scale were compared with men who clearly were more socially involved with co-workers and friends, the researchers found that men with social avoidance were 38% more likely to die from cardiovascular disease.

A 30-year study on 1,947 healthy men found that social avoidance was associated with age-adjusted increases in cardiovascular and heart disease deaths.
So presumably, that really obnoxious loud guy who's always hitting on the secretaries, telling bad jokes and slapping everyone on the back is going to live forever. That's your uplifting news for the day.

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