Older people who experienced more than three stressful life events, such as death of a child and loss of a partner, had a 51% higher risk of death than those who didn't experience such events over approximately 15 years, according to a study presented at the annual meeting of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes. "We think that our study shows that most people can handle one or two life stressors, but the accumulation of events is more than they can handle, and that manifests itself in chronic disease and in mortality," a study author said.

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