At the beginning of each month, you sit down and calculate all of your expenses. While buying all the necessary things and leaving room for little enjoyments such as dining out for one night, you also make sure you save some money from your monthly salary.
This is an important day for any adult in the current lifestyle. Though it is stressful, it is mandatory to calculate budget especially if you have loans to pay off or a family to support. It is certain that during this time, you may experience an increase in your stress levels.
Furthermore, you may skip your usual fitness routine and stick to 2-minute microwave meals. It is natural to respond like this especially when the income levels are not enough to support a typical lifestyle.
However, new research shows that this difference between incomes or more specifically fluctuating incomes can do more than stress you out. Healthwise, it may bring more negative effects than you thought it would.
The recent study suggests that ups and downs in income can affect everything from mental health to the health of the heart. It may cause serious, long-term health conditions even in very young people working.
What Was the Study Conducted?
The fluctuations in wages and their effects on people of different ages was observed by the researchers using data from a study conducted for almost three decades known as The Coronary Artery Risk Development in Young Adults (CARDIA).
This study began in the 1990s and every participant involved in it was between the ages 0f 23-32 at the starting. Firstly, the researchers looked at people’s income from assessments made during the years 1990-2005.
They noted downfalls in the salaries or incomes that would frequently grow less. On the other hand, they also observed the probability of cardiovascular events between the years 2005-2015. This included both fatal and non-fatal conditions.
What Did the Study Find?
After observing the connection between fluctuations in income and the possibility of an increase in health conditions, the researchers published their findings in the journal Circulation. The final conclusion was that frequent ups and downs did increase the risk of cardiovascular conditions.
Read the full study here.
The people who experienced that most fluctuations in their personal incomes had doubled chances of having cardiovascular problems. In addition, they also had a double risk of having other heart-related conditions such as heart attacks, strokes, and heart failure.
Such people were also compared to those who experienced fewer changes in their income levels. This also showed that certain groups of people were more likely to have downfalls in salaries than the others.
For example, women, African-Americans, ethnic minorities, people with symptoms of depression, smokers, unmarried people, and people with less than college or high school education.
What Is the Conclusion?
Though this study was largely observational, it does show how increasingly fluctuating salaries in the economy today goes beyond causing lack of luxurious lifestyles. The study does not point at what exactly causes the heart-related issues during the but shows a whole range of factors which can affect the lifespan and general health of the person.
For instance, money problems often lead to individuals to consume an excessive amount of alcohol, smoke and develop depression. All these are linked to deteriorating heart and overall health. Further research will be conducted by the team to study more groups living across the country.