Preparing for tax day can bring a lot of stress if you’re sweating over your finances.
And according to a recent study, fluctuating income can actually put our health at risk.
The study looked at nearly 4,000 adults between the ages of 23 and 35.
Researchers found, over a ten year time period, young adults who had income variability, or a drop in their earnings in the previous fifteen years, had a nearly two-fold increase in heart disease and all-cause death.
Doctors say experts know stress can play an important role in heart disease by increasing risk of poor sleep, not taking medicine, and not going to the doctor.
These factors all add up to an increased risk of heart disease.
Doctors maintain that it’s always important to remember to take care of the basics, and not neglect your health, even if there is a period where you’re making less money or there is a little bit more uncertainty in your life.
Doctors also point out that access to medical care can be an issue for young adults, especially those who are in between jobs, which could have contributed to the study’s findings as well.