NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Religion and politics are typical "third rail" topics of conversations among partisans, but they're pikers compared with discussions that center on cash.
In fact, Americans believe talking about money is more difficult than discussing hot-button issues such as death, politics, religion, taxes and personal health, says a study from Wells Fargo.
But many Americans believe the topic of money may even be hazardous to their health: 33% say they are "more worried about their financial health than their physical health" and 40% call money the "biggest stress issue" in their lives.
There's also a giveaway for your personal finances. If you update your Facebook status, you're more likely to have "poor or average" financial health, Wells Fargo says.
The data come from Wells Fargo's Financial Health Study of 1,004 U.S. adults between the ages of 25 and 75.
Experts involved in the study say it's only natural that Americans shy away from money discussion -- but much like ignoring your physical health, ignoring your financial health is a significant life risk.
"It's not surprising people don't want to talk about money, investments, tax strategies or even how much to put aside for a child's education," says Karen Wimbish, director of retail retirement at Wells Fargo. "But not spending time today to think about the future can be costly in the long run."
"I think of personal finance in the same vein as my health -- I wouldn't keep concerns about my physical health private," she says. "I'd consult a doctor or talk to a friend or family member about it."