I’ll admit it’s a bit of a stretch. But believe it or not, this Sunday’s NFL Super Bowl could have an impact on your health. German researchers studied the effects of extreme emotional investments in sporting events on fans’ health. The results suggest you should take precautions if you are a New England Patriots or New York Giants fan, or if you have a large sum of money riding on the outcome. At the very least, you may want to review your life insurance policy before the big game.
The study indicated the emotional stress exhibited by fans during important sporting events could lead to an increased risk of heart attack. The study’s authors also acknowledged the overeating, drinking, and smoking that often accompany watching such events could be contributing factors. Of course, high-risk individuals such as those with cardiac history or diabetes are at greater risk. The full study results were released this week in the New England Journal of Medicine (a bit of irony).
So if you’re planning to attend a Super Bowl party this weekend or just watching the game by yourself, please keep this important information in mind. You may also want to pack along a bottle of aspirin and a defibrillator for good measure.