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"A Positive Outlook May Be Good for Your Heart" - Nicholas Baker

  • The New York Times
  • New York, NY
  • (September 27, 2019)

According to researchers at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, having an optimistic mind-set may reduce the risk for cardiovascular disease and early death. The new meta-analysis published in JAMA Network Open included 15 studies that measured optimism and pessimism by asking the level of agreement with such statements as “In uncertain times, I usually expect the best,” or “I rarely expect good things to happen to me.” According to lead author Alan Rozanski, MD, professor of medicine and cardiology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, “It seems optimists have better health behaviors.” He added, “They’re more likely to exercise and to have better diet. And there is evidence of direct biological effects — they have less inflammation and fewer metabolic abnormalities.”

— Alan Rozanski, MD, Professor, Medicine, Cardiology, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

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