If you have money woes, you know that it’s not great for your financial health, but there is a health effect of debt that you seriously need to know about. It turns out that when you’re in the red, you might actually experience higher blood pressure than if you didn’t have to worry about paying all those debts.
In a study, younger adults that had high debt also reported that their diastolic blood pressure was much higher than that of people without high debt levels. Yes, we all know that having lots of debt is unhealthy for your wallet, credit, and your bottom line, but it turns out that having lots of debt can be unhealthy for your blood pressure, too.
According to the study’s lead researcher, Elizabeth Sweet, PhD, living life in debt can have additional health consequences that can actually lead to poorer health overall, and can cause people to bypass a doctor visit in an effort to cut expenses.
High blood pressure can occur at any age, but stress often plays a vital role in blood pressure, so taking additional measures to keep it down might be necessary, especially if you’re one of the many that has the stress of high debts. A healthy diet and weight, as well as plenty of exercise and sleep, can help keep your blood pressure well within the healthy range.
Also, if you are experiencing stress from financial troubles and high overall debt, try to find some alternatives to high interest rates on loans and in some cases, finding ways to make extra money can do a lot to relieve stress. Financial advisors often recommend taking aggressive steps to pay off high debts sooner, and this study may show that doing just that can help to reduce stress, and lower the blood pressure.
If you’re one of the many that’s struggling with student loans, you’re in good company. According to the Chronicle of Higher Education, 60 percent of college students in the United States borrow large amounts of money each year.