Scientists from the University of Essex (UK)
decided to find out
how renting an apartment affects stress levels and measured the amount of C-reactive protein in the blood of tenants and those who have their own housing. C-reactive protein (CRP) is a chemical substance in the human body, the concentration of which increases with stress and inflammatory processes.
The study involved 9,593 people over 21 years old (but under 95 years old). Researchers took into account variables such as age and gender (CRP levels in women are higher than in men and increase with age). They also took into account the region of residence of the participants and their ethnicity, level of education, employment status, bad habits and body mass index, and also excluded participants taking anti-inflammatory drugs, since they can affect the level of CRP.
After collecting blood and interviews with participants, scientists found that every fifth person (that is, 22% of all tested) had an increased CRP level. Those who rent a house, it turned out to be higher than those who have their own housing, even if it was bought on a mortgage. In addition, scientists found that those who live in an apartment have a higher CRP level than those who live in a separate house.
According to researchers, renting an apartment does not give a person a sense of security and control over his life, which causes stress.
However, the results of the study do not indicate a causal relationship.
Therefore, it cannot be argued that renting an apartment is the main reason for the increased level of CRM. It is likely that other factors, such as smoking, obesity, or lack of physical activity, also affect this.