6. History of Child Abuse
According to new research from the American Psychological Association, middle-aged women who remember being physically abused in childhood are at an increased risk for cardiovascular problems. In the study, these women were twice as likely as other women their age to have high blood pressure, high blood sugar, a bigger waistline, and unhealthy cholesterol levels, which translates into a higher risk for heart disease. It’s possible that childhood trauma can lead to higher stress and poor diet, even decades later.