There's no doubt that arguing with friends is unpleasant and stressful. Now a new study finds social conflicts may be particularly harmful to women.
Middle-aged women who reported more episodes of friend-related aggravation, disappointment or criticism, had significant jumps in blood pressure that never decreased.
This effect was not seen in men or among women over 65.
Researchers say this may be because younger women may still have other job and children related stresses, while older women have learned to avoid negative people and situations.
Negative interactions with children or spouses had no effect on blood pressure.
This study was led by researchers at Carnegie Mellon University, and published in ‘Health Psychology’.
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