Did you know that emotional problems in childhood can alter our health as an adult? Now recent research has suggested there is a link between heart disease in middle age and our emotional behaviour traits in children, more so in women.
A US study assessed almost 400 adults who had also taken part in the research as well as children, having been tested for their emotional behaviour at the age of 7.
The study found that a greatly increased risk of heart disease in later life occurred if a child suffered stress by the age of 7. The study also found that children with better concentration had a reduced heart risk in later life.
It is generally accepted that women are more emotional than men and are therefore likely to be more emotionally honest than men. Although women generally are more open to discussing their issues than men, men are less likely to make a fuss about issues and will therefore just get on with things.
Women tend to have to resolve their issues before they can move on and it may be that which impacts their health. If emotions have an impact on our health in general, it stands to reason that putting ourselves under constant stress will alter more than just our immune system.
Having said that the researchers have said that more work is required to understand the links they have identified.