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Saturday, 13 December 2014

Your personality could be the cause of your ill health............

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Did you know that your emotions and personality do play an essential role in your health? Yes, according to the study performed at the University of Nottingham in England, your personality may affect your health and well being and longevity.
The study found that the relationship between certain personality traits and the way your genes are formed and function play an important role in controlling the activity of your immune system.
How did they perform the study?
The researchers studied a group of 121 ethnically diverse and healthy adults, in which 86 were females and 35 were males with an average age of 24. The study required the participants complete a personality test which measures five dimensions of their personality including extraversion, neuroticism, openness, agreeableness and conscientiousness.
 The researchers also collected blood samples from each participant and analysed their typical smoking, drinking and exercise behaviours.
What did the study find?
 The researchersfound that they did not find any results to support a common theory that tendencies toward negative emotions such as depression or anxiety can lead to poor health. Acording to Prof. Kavita Vedhara, lead on the research, ‘Our results indicated that extraversion was significantly associated with an increased expression of pro-inflammatory genes and that conscientiousness was linked to a reduced expression of pro-inflammatory genes.’
The findings of the study are published in the British scientific journal.
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