But it's not not heart attacks, either. A Chinese study found that for every 100-point change in the Shanghai Stock Exchange Composite Index, there were more than 5% more deaths from coronary heart disease. Those cartoons that show a banker get some scary financial news, causing his eyes to pop out of his head right before he faints are honestly not that far off. You know how every time Trump tweets a lot, the market falls? We don't encourage this sort of behavior, but if you wanted to yell at someone that he keeps causing tiny genocides, you could certainly make that case.
You would think that when the economic winds are favorable, then, that the ship of life and health sail smoothly. But apparently, those winds just make the ship sink faster. An increase of just 1% in gross domestic product in a developed country comes with an increase in mortality rates across a lot of age groups, especially for men. When the economy is on the right track, mortality increases by 0.36% for men in their early seventies and 0.38% for men in their early forties-in other words, their prime Wolf of Wall Street years. Is that it? Are strippers and blow killing these guys off?
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"A bear market? Not likely in this econoAAAAAHHHHHHH!!!"
Kind of! When a strong economy leads to less unemployment and therefore more money, people tend to increase their spending on fatty foods and other unhealthy vices. In fact, according to economist Christopher Ruhm, recessions are good for your health. In hard times, there are less traffic-related deaths and pollution, and people go to the doctor more often. It makes some sense: If you don't have a job, you're less inclined to buy a car or spend money on gas, so you walk more. You also have more time on your hands for descending into a WedMD rabbit hole.
So, which one would you like? To live longer in shitty times, or to go out in a blaze of money?