Entries in Quality of Life (2)


Study: Life is Better After Quitting Smoking

Brand X Pictures/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- While giving up smoking is difficult to do, new research suggests that those who successfully quit will have a better quality of life.

HealthDay reports that quitters experience less stress and a better mood after going smoke-free for three years, compared to smokers.

"Quitting is hard, but if you can actually do it, there are a lot of benefits that you might not have thought about," said Megan E. Piper, study author and assistant professor of medicine at the University of Wisconsin’s School of Medicine and its Center for Tobacco Research and Intervention. "If you thought you'd have more stress, that quitting would put more stress on your relationships, or that you'll feel worse forever, that isn't the case.”

The study surveyed 1,504 people from Wisconsin—58 percent women, 84 percent white—between 2005 and 2007. Participants were divided among six groups, where they either used a nicotine patch, nicotine lozenges, the drug bupropion (Wellbutrin), a combination of those aids or a placebo to help them quit. All the participants were also subjected to counseling.

Though the findings did not yield a specific percentage increase in the quality of life, there’s a definite gain in quitting, Piper said.

The findings were published online on Dec. 9 in the Annals of Behavioral Medicine.

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Optimism Linked to Improved Survival With Coronary Artery Disease

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(CHICAGO) -- Can a smile a day keep your heart okay? Some researchers are now saying say it might.

A new study released Monday and published in the Archives of Internal Medicine adds to growing evidence that having a positive attitude can help you live longer.

Researchers looked at nearly 3,000 patients who underwent hospital treatment for heart disease and found that those who had the highest expectations of a full recovery had a higher chance of living longer than those who were pessimistic about their chance of recovery.

Study researchers also noted that those who are generally optimistic about their health are more likely to follow treatment recommendations.

On the other hand, those who are pessimistic about their health may experience stress that could trigger additional heart problems, researchers said.

The nearly 3,000 patients enrolled were followed for 15 years. One year after their hospital stay, they were asked to fill out a survey that would help researchers learn more about their attitude.  The group of patients with a better perspective on their health had lived nearly 20 percent longer than those who seemed pessimistic. Optimistic patients also lived a more active lifestyle than the pessimists.

Previous studies looking at other potentially fatal diseases including cancer suggest that a positive outlook can affect not only your quality of life, but also whether you survive longer.´╗┐

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