A new study suggests that men with a history of bad behavior during their adolescence have an increased risk of early death.

U.S. (WiredPRNews.com) – A new study suggests that men with a history of bad behavior during their adolescence have an increased risk of premature death or disability. As reported by HealthDay News, researchers in the UK found that juvenile delinquency can lead to early death or disability in men by the age of 48.

Study leader Jonathan Shepherd, with the Violence and Society Research Group at Cardiff University in Wales, is quoted in the report as stating of the findings, “We were surprised to see such a strong link between these early influences and premature death, and this indicates that things that happen in families at age 8 to 10 are part of a progression towards dying prematurely… At this point, we don’t know exactly why delinquency increases the risk of premature death and disability in middle age, but it seems that impulsivity — or lack of self-control — in childhood and adolescence was a common underlying theme.”

More information about the study may be available in the Journal of Public Health’s December publication.

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