#1054: MM- Does Personality Affect Longevity?

Is your personality killing you?  This is Judy Gaman and this is your Stay Young Medical Minute.  Our personalities are constantly changing as we face different life events.  Did you know your personality plays a role in your longevity?  The University of Rochester Medical Center, the American Institute for Research in DC, and the University of Illinois decided to dig a little deeper.  They gathered information from over 1,200 US high schools from 1960 and looked for links between certain personality traits and the overall lifespan of those individuals.  Researchers used personality tests to gather their data.  They found that teenagers who scored high on calmness, empathy, curiosity, tidiness, and maturity and lower in impulsivity had a decreased risk of all-cause death later in life.  So, when you tell your child you “lose the tude”, you may be helping them live longer.  This Stay Young Medical Minute is brought to you by Executive Medicine of Texas, a leader in preventative and proactive medicine. Learn why patients from around the globe trust Executive Medicine of Texas to their health. Visit EMTexas.com that’s EMTexas.com.

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