Research Links Surprising Personality Traits to Ailments

New research indicates that your personality may have a lot to do with what kind of illnesses you contract, London’s Daily Mail reported Monday.

For instance, it has been suggested that people with Type A personalities are prone to have heart problems.

But, you might be surprised at the wider range of personality traits that can be linked to a whole range of medical problems, experts said.

For example:

— Researchers at the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health found impulsive people were 2.4 times more at risk for stomach ulcers

— Surprisingly, cheerful people are more likely to die early, according to research at the University of California.

— Research at Northern Arizona University found that women with phobic anxieties, such as a fear of heights, are at an increased risk for developing heart disease, high blood pressure and high cholesterol

— Those who suffer from arthrosclerosis may also have hostile or aggressive personalities, according to a Scottish study

Shy people are more likely to contract viral infections, said research from the University of California

Extroverts are more likely to recover from diseases, but they may be more obese than neurotics, said research at Yamagata University School of Medicine in Japan

Pessimistic individuals have an increased chance for Parkinson’s disease, said Dr. James Bower, a neurologist from the Mayo Clinic.

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