Early retirement can shorten your life

Oct 21 2005 by Brian Amble Print This Article

Early retirement can actually shorten one's life, according to new research published in the British Medical Journal.

A 26-year study of more than 3,500 former employees of Shell in texas has found that men and women who retired at 55 were nearly twice as likely to die within the following 10 years as those who retired at 60 or 65.

the research by Shan Tsai of Shell Health Services in Houston, explodes the myth that early retirement leads to a longer life expectancy.

"Although some workers retired at 55 because of failing health, these results clearly show that early retirement is not associated with increased survival," Tsai said in the study.

"On the contrary, mortality improved with increasing age at retirement for people from both high and low socio-economic groups."