Danish researchers have claimed that frequent rows can lead to an ‘increased risk of death in middle age’, although they can’t fully explain the reasons why.

Men and those who are out of work are thought to be the most vulnerable to premature death, and those dealing with demands from close family are also thought to be at risk.

Previous research has suggested that those leading stressful lives or people suffering with anxiety could be more prone to heart attacks or strokes, but the support of family and friends can help.

The University of Copenhagen’s Dr Rikke Lund, as quoted on the BBC News website, said that worries and arguments were part of life – but added that people who were always or often involved in conflicts were at greatest risk.

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