People who are bored at work found to be 2 ½ times more likely to die early.  The term “bored to death” might not be too far from the truth.

An article that will be published in the April issue of the International Journal of Epidemiology reports that a study has found that people who bore easily are more likely to die early.  University College London researchers found that boredom on its own is unlikely to kill, but that it is a symptom of other risky behaviors such as drinking, smoking, using drugs or having psychological problems.

The researchers studied questionnaires completed between 1985 and 1988 by government employees living in London aged 35 to 55 to determine if they were bored at work.  Next, the researchers tracked the number of participants who had died by April of 2009.  Respondents who said they were very bored at work were found to be 2 ½ times more likely to die of heart conditions than those who said that they were not bored.

“Someone who is bored may not be motivated to eat well, exercise and have a heart-healthy lifestyle.  That may make them more likely to have a cardiovascular event,” noted Dr. Christopher Cannon, an associate professor of medicine at Harvard University and the American College of Cardiology’s spokesperson.

Cannon added that boredom can be linked to depression, which would make the person more susceptible to heart attacks.  Additionally, it is possible that when someone is bored, the body releases dangerous hormones that stress the heart.

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