Unemployed people 'suffer from health problems more often'

Washington, Feb 05 (ANI): A new study has shown that compared to people in employment, men and women who are unemployed suffer more often and longer from both physical and emotional complaints.

The GEDA study (Gesundheit in Deutschland Aktuell, or Current Health in Germany) was carried out in 2008-2009 by the Robert Koch Institute.

The results showed that unemployed people between the ages of 30 and 59 years are especially often affected by physical, emotional, and functional impairments such as sleep disorders, anxiety disorders, and substance addictions. As a result, the unemployed make more use of the health care system.

The health consequences of unemployment result from loss of income, loss of so-cial contacts in the workplace, or loss of social reputation. nemployed men and women who are supported by their partners, family members, or friends are less frequently affected by these complaints.

The study has been published in Deutsches Arzteblatt International (Dtsch Arztebl Int 2011; 4: 47-52). (ANI)

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