5 Ways You're Killing Your Man

How often has your husband or boyfriend joked that you're just killing him with the incessent nagging, the over-the-top demands, and the innumerable requests?

Sorry to break it to you, but he might be on to something. New research suggests that being nagged can lead to a speedier death - especially among men.

Unfortunately, that's not the only way you could be (secretly) killing your man:  

1. Nagging Them

Are you nagging your man to death?

A new study, published in the Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health, suggests that constantly being needled and nagged by a spouse can shorten a person's life. Men, particularly those that are unemployed, are especially suspectible. "In this study, we found that men were especially vulnerable to frequent worries/demands from their partners, contradicting earlier findings suggestings that women were more vulnerable to stressful social relations," the authors wrote. 

In other words: stop nagging each other about taking out the trash, doing the dishes, or putting the children to bed. 

2. Overfeeding Them

We know the struggle: our mamis always forced us to clean our plates when we were younger, and now we can't break the habit. However, the dangers of overeating are real -- and it can be stopped at the family dinner table. 

According to the Office of Minority Health, over 30% of Latinos and 32% of Latinas in the United States are considered obese. More shockingly, Hispanic Americans are 1.2 times as likely to be obese than non-Hispanic whites.

The health risks associated with obesity are endless: heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, and diabetes being just a few. If that doesn't scare you, maybe this will: new studies have placed the blame for nearly 18 percent of all deaths in American on obesity. 

Need help? Try these healthy Latin recipes, and get the scoop on these good-for-you snacks


3. Letting Them Skip Doctor Appointments

Some Latino men (though certainly not all) have a tendency to be a bit macho. According to Health Day, "Middle-aged men who are most devoted to traditional beliefs about masculinity are half as likely as other men to get routine medical care." Unfortunately, this means that many men are skipping their doctors appointments when they shouldn't be.

According to the Commonwealth Fund, 53% of men had not received a complete physical examination in the year preceding the study, and 52% had not been tested for blood cholesterol levels.

On the bright side, it appears that married men make it a point to see their doctor more regularly than single men (probably thanks to their doting wives and family!) Twenty-seven percent of men living alone made no physician visits in the year preceding the study -- compared to 21% of married men or men living with a partner! 

4. Letting Them Keep Their Bad Habits

This one's no secret: smoking, excessive drinking, and lack of exercise can and will kill you. 

So, spend less time nagging them about the little things, and more time nagging them to put out that cigarette. 

5. Keeping Them From Their Friends

We get it: you want your man to stay in and watch a movie with you. He wants to go out and watch the game with his friends. Once in a while, it's probably a good idea to let each other off-the-hook and take a night to enjoy your gal pals and let him see his guy friends. 

Friends are important to a healthy lifestyle, and the statistics prove it. People with good friends have a 22-60% lower chance of dying over a 10 year period. Not to mention, people with friends are proven to be happier -- and happier spouses make for happier marriages. 

Men -- especially white, hetereosexual men -- have been proven to have fewer strong friendship. So, cut him some slack, and let him take a night off to see his pals.