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The manner in which individuals rate their health verifies their possibility of survival in the following decades. A team of researchers from the University of Zurich shows that there are ratings like excellent, fair, good, poor and very poor for describing the health of an individual. The threat of death increases steadily independent of some known risk factors like low education level, smoking and pre-existing diseases. How does one rate his health? This is the most common question which you might see on questionnaires. The answer is associated to the respondent’s possibility of death or survival.

A pessimistic evaluation goes side by side with an augmented risk of death and illness. It can be presumed that on average individuals who have an unhealthier lifestyle often rate their heath as poor. Such people are frequently in a fragile state of health. Initial studies which analyzed the participants for few years subsequent the survey revealed that the correlation continued even if these factors were considered. Researchers from the University showed that the self rated health is associated with the probability of death or survival over a longer period of more than 30 years. In a research which was held in Switzerland, men who rated their health as poor or very poor were more exposed to death. They were at elevated risk of death than those men who rated their health condition as excellent.

The threat mounted steadily from a positive to negative rating: individuals in excellent health condition had much more chances of survival than those individuals who rated their health condition as good or fair. Considering other factors like marital status, education levels, medical history, blood pressure, tobacco related strains, use of medication, the correlation amid the self-rated health and death only weakened marginally. The findings of the research supported the wide concept of health which was advocated by the WHO as an absolute mental, physical and social well-being.

Pessimism can also decrease our threshold level in pain. In a similar study conducted by researchers from the University of Oxford as published in, it was said that “when participants were told that they were being given the drug, they reported a 41 percent reduction in pain. But when they were tricked into thinking that they were no longer on the drug, their levels of pain rose to pre-dose levels.

MRI images of the subjects’ brains showed that there was an increase of activity in the part of the brain involved in emotional processing when they were expecting pain relief, and a decrease when they expected pain.”




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