WASHINGTON [Reuters, Apr 06, 2006] - The risk of a fatal heart attack rises when the U.S. economy strengthens and increases further if macroeconomic conditions remain robust over the next several years, according to a study published last month.
The death rate rises in the year the economy expands and grows further if the lower rate of joblessness is maintained, Christopher Ruhm wrote in his study.
"The stronger the economy, the greater the incidence of heart attacks,"...is this true? Does this mean that there's something relatively good with the current Philippine fiscal crisis?
Regardless of gender, the same study showed that a 1 percent drop in unemployment is estimated to raise mortality by 1.3 percent or 2,515 additional deaths per year from heart attacks.
What is the psychology behind this? Does this mean that if you've been poor and hungry all your life, and you suddenly hit it big, you are most likely to binge on unhealthy food items making you fat, cholesterol-laden, and ripe for a heart attack?
My opinion is that you can be poor or rich, and still lead a healthy lifestyle. The real problems are poverty of information, willingness to change, ability to execute informed decisions, having the right amount of discipline to maintain a healthy outlook, and being happy enough with the new choices made.