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Study: Nagging By A Spouse Could Shorten Your Life

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) -- It is a part of marriage that everyone loathes – the occasional or, in some cases, constant nagging between spouses.

And as CBS 2's Scott Rapoport reported Friday, word has now come that nagging is not only annoying, but can even be life-threatening.

Ask any married guy on the planet and he'll tell you, as one man told CBS 2, nagging is "not pleasant."

But now a new study suggests husbands of nagging wives can actually be nagged to death.

Danish researchers from the University of Copenhagen said having a nagging partner can significantly shorten one's life, and could result in three extra deaths per 100 people per year.

The study also said people nagged by their spouses are more likely to get heart disease and cancer.

"Sounds about right," said Stephanie Cellitti. "I nag him a lot."

The study also says men in particular are at risk. Men who said they faced 'many' demands from their partner or family and friends were more than twice as likely to die compared to women in the same category who were 34 per cent more likely to die.

"You know, you're just hanging out, man, and it just starts coming – you know, you try to avoid it as much as you can, but you can't forever," said Celliti's boyfriend, Terry Garcetti.

And Garcetti and Cellitti are not even married yet.

Researchers from the study concluded that "men were especially vulnerable to frequent worries/demands from their partner, contradicting earlier findings suggesting that women were more vulnerable."

The reason given was that men, unlike women, do not share their problems with close friends or family.

"I'm still going to nag him," said Barb Grossetti as her husband stood next to her, "but I'll stop short of killing him."

The study followed nearly 10,000 Danish men and women between the ages of 36 and 52.

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