Being president is not for the faint hearted in more ways than one: It could knock years off your life, according to a new study in the British Medical Journal that found that that the world's leaders tend to age fast and die sooner.
In the study published Monday, Harvard Medical School researchers reported that heads of state or government live up to 4.4 fewer years after their last election than the runners-up who had never served.
"It has been suggested that heads of government experience accelerated aging and premature mortality. Analyzing historical election data from 17 countries spanning more than two centuries, we found that being elected to head of government was associated with a substantive increase in mortality compared with runners-up," Dr. Anupam Jena and colleagues said.
The study set out to determine whether being elected to head of government was associated with accelerated mortality.