How can a lifelong smoker live to their 80s?
How can a lifelong drinker live to 100?
How can someone survive with cancer for X amount of years?
What about someone chronically overweight?
Someone with alarmingly high cholesterol?
How about those who live close to oil refineries? (me)
I've come to accept that we're all wired differently and that each of us is granted X amount of years on this planet. No amount of caution or care promises an extension of that time. Sure, there's things we can do to shorten it (drive drunk, while texting, for example)... but to say that stress alone will shorten one's life is a difficult fact to prove. Each of us has a lot of other factors to consider.
I'm not a fan of this topic. Yes, it's a fact that stress is hard on the body and can have detrimental health effects. But so do a TON of other things. Which is why we still eat chocolate, drink sodas, smoke cigarettes, etc. Can stress alone kill an otherwise healthy individual who doesn't engage in anything else detrimental to his/her life? I don't think anybody can answer that.