Optimism prolongs the life of women, researchers found

Optimism prolongs the life of women, researchers found© Fotolia/ whiteshoes91

. Women who are optimistic about life, live on average longer and less likely to die from cancer, heart disease, strokes or pneumonia than women experiencing depression, say Harvard scientists in an article published in the American Journal of Epidemiology.

«Today, our efforts have concentrated on reducing the risks to get this or that disease in the physical sense of the word, but, as shown by our and other studies, increased psychological stability can also affect this. We have shown that it is necessary to raise optimism in people as it forces them to adopt a more healthy lifestyle,» said Eric Kim (Eric Kim) from Harvard University (USA).

Kim and his colleagues came to this conclusion after studying data collected by social and health services in the framework of the project on monitoring of health among nurses (NHS), which was conducted from 2004 to 2012.

In total, scientists were able to obtain data on the diet and health of more than 70 thousand Americans and Americans in middle and old age, about 30 thousand of whom died during the work of this monitoring project. In addition to data on disease and state of health of these nurses and male nurses, the scientists collected information about their health and psychological condition.

The authors took advantage of this and compared how often they died or were sick nurses, how well they felt and whether they consider themselves optimists. This comparison led to the unexpected and clearly visible results.

In particular, it was found that the optimistic women died on average 30% less than their peers and colleagues, often who were in a depressed mood. In addition, cancer has appeared on 16% less than conventional, heart disease – 38% stroke – 39%, lung disease and infection – 38% and 52%.

Scientists believe that similar advantages from the optimism associated with the fact that people who feel well are less likely to acquire bad habits and maintaining an unhealthy lifestyle than people in a state of depression. This, according to the authors, should encourage health authorities, States not only promote a healthy lifestyle and reducing risk of disease, but also to help people keep the positive in their lives.