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Fluctuating income may cause dramatic health problems, study suggests

January 24, 2019 - 3:00 am
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By Dr. Brian McDonough, Medical Editor

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — There is a concerning article in the journal Circulation — especially for the vast majority who stress out about money.

According to the study — which is based on 15 years of following 4,000 people from the time they were 23 years old — those who experienced more income fluctuations, particularly associated with drops in income, had more than twice the risk of developing heart problems and twice the risk of dying early compared to those with stable incomes. 

The study focused on people who lost more than 25 percent of their income between assessments. The researchers from Miami said they were not surprised by the fact that the added stress of income loss had any impact on health — but they were shocked about how dramatic that impact happened to be.