The Higher the Debt, the Higher the Health Risk: Study

The Higher the Debt, the Higher the Health Risk: StudyA new study has linked increasing debt to high blood pressure risk in young people. The Northwestern Medicine study has come with findings that suggest drowning in debt could lead young people to suffer with higher diastolic blood pressure and poorer self-reported general and mental health in young adults.

Published in the August issue of Social Science and Medicine, the study provided insight into the association of debt with health of young Americans.

Elizabeth Sweet, lead author of the study, said, "We now live in a debt-fueled economy. Since the 1980s American household debt has tripled. It's important to understand the health consequences associated with debt".

Researchers deduced the result with the help of data from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health.

It was unveiled by previous studies that debt could lead to develop adverse psychological health, but this was the first study to take physical health into consideration as well.

The findings of the latest study revealed an association between higher debt-to-asset ratio with higher perceived stress and depression. Moreover, it attributed to worse self-reported general health and higher diastolic blood pressure.

Higher levels of perceived stress were reported by the participants with higher debt compared to those with low debt.