Hostility and Anger Speed Decline in Lung Function

Here’s a good reason not to engage in road rage:  In an eight-year American study of 670 men aged 45 to 86, researchers found that longstanding anger and hostility sped up age-related lung decline.  In other words, it caused the men’s lung function to deteriorate faster than it normally would.

The researchers accounted for other factors such as smoking and education that are factors in lung health. Researchers found that anger and hostility alter neurological and hormonal processes which may negatively impact the body’s immune system and create excessive levels of inflammation.

Does that mean you shouldn’t express anger?  Of course not, just find a healthy outlet for it like running, art, writing it out, or some other form of expression.  Just don’t repress it or take it out on someone else.

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Bonnie M.
Bonnie M.3 years ago

Well worth it to keep this in mind. These are powerful negative emotions- thus creates negative energy. Thanks.

Robert O.
Robert O.3 years ago

Worth keeping in mind.

Summerannie Moon
Summerannie M.3 years ago

road rage is the pits and I have been a victim. I didnt say a word while this manic man screamed at me. It was his fault b/c of the road rules and he knew it but b/c he was driving a large truck in my street he decided to give it too me. He wont live long, if he continues to drive how he did and yell and scream red faced. Boy oh boy what a pain he was. Im fine!

Rita White
Rita White3 years ago

good info, thanks

Angie B.
Angela B.4 years ago

Something to think about though my hubby drives professionally and stays pretty calm.

Patricia H.
Patricia H.4 years ago

thanks for sharing

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Jude Hand
Judith Hand4 years ago

Made me want to read more....