Procrastination Could TRIGGER This 1 Disease!

By on April 8, 2015
We’re all prone to procrastination, but if it’s a common habit for you, watch out: It could harm your heart.

According to new research published in the Journal of Behavioral Medicine, people who regularly procrastinate face a higher risk of heart disease, one of the leading causes of death among adults in the United States. It is also associated with a higher risk of high blood pressure, a risk factor for heart disease.

As for the reason why, researchers aren’t sure, although other experts suspect procrastination causes people to put off healthy lifestyle choices, such as regular exercise.

“People who are habitual procrastinators may be likely to put off dreary chores like exercising or eating healthily, and the avoidance of these can of course lead to chronic health issues, like heart disease,” writes Melissa Dahl, a contributor to NY MAG’s Science of Us. “Stress, and its detrimental effect on the body’s inflammatory responses, can also contribute to heart disease.”

Researchers initially made these findings after studying people with or without heart disease and hypertension. For the study, all participants were asked to fill out an online survey evaluating their personality, how they coped with certain issues, and what sort of health conditions they had as a result. Then, after compiling the results, researchers determined which coping and personality traits were associated with a higher risk of these health problems.

For those who were habitual procrastinators, the news wasn’t good: They were more likely to develop hypertension or heart disease. In addition, researchers found that these personality types were less likely to engage in healthy habits, upping their stress levels–a risk factor for heart disease.

“Moderated mediation analyses with bootstrapping revealed that procrastination was more strongly associated with maladaptive coping behaviours [sic] in participants with HT/CVD [hypertension and heart disease] than the healthy controls, and the indirect effects on stress through maladaptive coping were larger for the HT/CVD [hypertension and heart disease] sample,” write researchers in the Journal of Behavioral Medicine. “Results suggest procrastination is a vulnerability factor for poor adjustment to and management of HT/CVD [hypertension and heart disease].”

While the study did not specifically explore why these two factors are related, it does reveal one important point: If you procrastinate often, it’s probably not good for your heart.

So, if you’re procrastinating now–perhaps you’re doing so by reading this post–now’s the time to stop that bad habit for good.

What This Means For You

Constantly putting things off? For the sake of your heart, stop. Instead, take action right away; it may cause some stress in the short term, but over the long term should lead to a more stress-free, productive lifestyle.

Readers: How do you avoid procrastinating?

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