Working unlikely to send you to an early grave

Early retirement is associated with premature death no matter how healthy or unhealthy a person is.

A population-based longitudinal study of almost 3000 Americans shows that early retirement may be a risk factor for mortality. This suggests prolonging working life may have survival benefits.

Study participants were divided into unhealthy and healthy retirees based on whether ill-health influenced their decision to stop work.

About two-thirds were healthy and a third unhealthy, say the researchers from Oregon State University.

During the 18 year-study, 12% of the healthy and 25.6%