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After the loss of a loved one lone second half of herself at risk to die

December 7 2007
17:30

In an article published in the latest issue of the medical journal The Lancet, a link to the survey, which found that for men the risk of dying after the loss of his wife increased by 21%, while for women, killing her husband - by 17%. The people who survived the loss of a loved one, most health problems and mental disorders, including depression, state of despair, loss of appetite, fatigue that fivefold increased risk umiret himself. Widowers are particularly vulnerable to diseases associated with excessive consumption of alcohol and stress, because his wife during his lifetime, among other things, look after their health.

The article says: "It's enough convincing data suggest that the mortality rate among people who have lost a spouse, to a large extent related to the so-called" broken heart "- a complex of psychological suffering associated with bereavement.

The highest mortality of widowed men is observed in the first months after the tragic event, over time it has been falling. Those who have lost a spouse recently, likely to die than those with whom it happened a long time, although the increased mortality may persist ".

Dr. Margaret Shtrebe from the University of Utrecht (Holland) examined a number of publications, and concluded that although many people prefer to deal with their grief without the help of a professional psychologist, they face an increased risk of dying for many reasons - from alcohol-related disease to heart disorders, lung cancer and suicide.

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