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How being a Manchester Utd fan can kill you

Published 19/12/2011 | 05:00

ONE Manchester United fan knows exactly what is meant when people say football is a matter of life and death.

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Without treatment, the 58-year-old woman is in danger of dying from stress while watching her team play.

Doctors diagnosed "Addisonian crisis", a rare and life-threatening condition caused by lack of the stress hormone cortisol.

Towards the end of high-profile matches at Old Trafford, the woman suffered episodes of anxiety, palpitations, panic, light-headedness and a sense of impending doom.

Symptoms were especially severe during crucial games when the outcome was in question until the last minute, said doctors writing in the 'British Medical Journal'.

Irish Independent

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