Body Talk 3/12/17

Your personality can effect your health! So are you the life and soul of the party or the more cautious conscientious type? Are you a hopeless romantic or argumentative? Whichever category you fall into, gives an insight into the state of your health.

Research has revealed that your personality traits can reveal details about life expectancy and how likely you are to develop various diseases.

Overall those who are conscientious and agreeable are more likely to have better health than those who are more neurotic and angry.

If you are organised and hard working, you are less likely to suffer from a stroke.

People who are more conscientious at age 26 are more likely to be in much better health at age 38. Among the least conscientious who were studied, 45% went on to suffer from multiple health problems, compared to just 18% from the most conscientious group.

People low in conscientiousness were more likely to be overweight and have higher cholesterol levels, sand suffer from hypertension. If you are conscientious you are more likely to have an active lifestyle and display more self control,so less likely to smoke or abuse alcohol and drugs.

However, being neurotic at age 26 was not linked to poorer physical health at age 38, contrary to popular thinking which points to neuroticism being linked to stress.

Ultimately, if a doctor knows a patient’s personality, it may help them to assess and diagnose illness more easily. Worth getting to know your doctor, but hardly time to sit and have a friendly chat while you’re in  your 10 minute appointment slot!

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About Mel Watson

I have been with Phoenix FM since April 2007 - I came in to be interviewed about yoga just after the station launched in March, and enjoyed it so much that my own show - Body Talk - was born. On Body Talk I cover a different health topic every week and interview top healthcare profesionals including doctors, surgeons, healers, reflexologists and life coaches. I feel that all therapies have their place in today's world, and some of the more alternative methods can easily complement convential medicine. I have been a yoga and meditation teacher for over 20 years, am a qualified hypnotherapist, and I have also trained in Neuro-Linguistic Programming, Emotional Freedom Technique, Reiki, Lucid Dreaming and Dream Therapy. I run regular classes at the Brentwood Centre as well as private one to one sessions. I've walked a spiritual path for most of my life and outside of radio and teaching I'm an Independent Celebrant. I officiate at Weddings, Naming Ceremonies, Spiritual Blessings and Funerals. You can find out more at www.blessmysoul.co.uk.