HEALTH – Longer life for those who know how to meet challenges, according to a study by Neuromed

HEALTH – Two studies from the IRCCS Neuromed of Pozzilli, in collaboration with the University of Insubria of Varese, show that people with greater psychological resilience live longer and perhaps even better.

Who stands up to life challenges is more likely to live a long time and maybe even better. This is the message of two recent scientific studies Italians who wanted to understand how much psychological resilience East capable of having an impact on a series of health parameters but especially on ours life expectancy.

In recent years there has been a growing interest in the psychological well-being of peopleand in particular on how it stress bither dangerous. THEn these two studiessigned by researchers of the Department of Epidemiology and Prevention of the IRCCS Neuromed of Pozzilliin Cooperation with colleagues fromUniversity ofinsurrection from Varese, the perspective is reversed and the researchers instead wondered whether a greater ability to cope with life poher represent a long-term benefit. Under the lens of scientists, so it’s over psychological resilience, that is to say the ability to cope positively with traumatic events.

To understand it, researchers they analyzed data relating to more than 10,000 people recruited in the wider Moli-sani project, a population study conducted byIRCCS Neuromed in Molise since 2005which aims to understand to what extent genetic and environmental risk/protective factors can play a role in improving health and in the appearance of the main chronic diseases.

We have observed – Explain Anwal Ghoulamdoctor and associate researcher at the EPIMED Center of the University ofinsurrection, first author of studies – this people wearing a greater psychological resilience entering the studio, they had a lower risk Of die prematurely respect to people less resistant. This protective effect was mainly observed for a particular aspect of resilience, related positive acceptance of change. In practice, those who are able to get involved benefit more health-wise than those who find it more difficult to adapt to the challenges that life presents on a daily basis”.

The same research team he also focused on studies conducted in other parts of the world, carrying out a systematic review of the literature and finding that resilience can be crucial even for people with health conditions, such as diabetes. Indeed, under certain conditions, resilience can reduce the risk of develop cardiovascular disease.

Resilience it’s a complex concept – comments Licia Iacoviellodirector of the Department of Epidemiology and Prevention Neuromed and Professor of Hygiene and Public Health at the University ofinsurrectioneven because the way people deal with life’s challenges and trauma changes based on age, gender, culture and even specific time in lifeyour. This also explains the apparent inhomogeneity that we have observed in the results of the various studies carried out at the international level”.



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