Optimism protects against heart attacks, strokes and early death-study of 230,000 patients

American experts conducted a meta-analysis of 15 studies involving almost 230,000 people and revealed the undoubted benefits of optimism for health: it can protect against heart attacks, strokes and reduce the risk of premature death. It is reported by MedicalXpress.

According to the researchers, optimists have a 35% lower risk of heart disease than pessimists. Moreover, this is observed in different age groups: from adolescents to people over 90 years. They also add: the more positive the mood, the lower the risk of heart disease and early death.

So far, scientists have identified only a correlation, but not a causal link. However, they pointed to a number of circumstantial evidence in favour of positive thinking. So, according to experts, optimists solve problems better, achieve their goals faster, carefully monitor their health, monitor their nutrition, tend to lead an active lifestyle without bad habits. They tend to have a healthier immune system, better metabolism and lower levels of inflammation in the body, which gives huge health benefits in general.

Previous studies have shown that an optimistic outlook on life increases the chances of living longer.

The authors of the meta-analysis argue that it is necessary to develop new methods of behavioral therapy that would be aimed at reducing the level of pessimism and increasing optimism. Experts also intend to determine whether such an intervention strategy will provide similar health benefits as" innate " optimism.

Sept. 30, 2019, 11:15 a.m.

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