New research says that the benefit of optimism is not just peace of mind; it may actually improve your heart health.
A study published in 'Health Behavior and Policy Review' suggests that optimists are healthier than pessimists.
Those with a positive outlook are more likely to be physically active, have significantly better blood sugar levels and were a healthier weight than those with a negative outlook. The optimists were more likely to have 'ideal' heart health than pessimists.
What It Means
There are many factors that contribute to heart health for diabetics: fitness, weight, cholesterol, diet, even genetics. But a good attitude can apparently give you an advantage.
"This association remains significant, even after adjusting for socio-demographic characteristics and poor mental health," said study author Rosalba Hernandez, a professor at the University of Illinois.
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