Peppy Attitude Helps Women's Hearts
Sometimes its hard to think on the bright side, but ladies, please give it a try. Because a new study in the journal Circulation claims women who are optimists are less likely to develop heart disease.
Researchers found that among more than 97,000 U.S. women between the ages of 50 and 79, those with generally optimistic dispositions were 14 percent less likely to die over eight years than their pessimistic counterparts.
They were also 9 percent less likely to develop coronary heart disease, and 30 percent less likely to die of heart complications.
That meant that the one-quarter of women who scored highest in optimism had lower rates of developing heart disease than the one-quarter with the lowest scores (deemed "pessimists"): 43 cases per 10,000 women, versus 60 cases. They also had fewer deaths over the eight years: 46 per 10,000 women, versus 63 among pessimists.
So listen, no matter how bad your husband screws up. Stay positive! Remember, Dr. Fuhrman says a happy emotional environment and reducing stress is an important part of health.
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