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Worrying About Your Health Can Make You Sick

Health Anxiety

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  • Worrying about your health can be a self-fulfilling prophesy, raising your risk of heart disease and death. In one recent study, those with health anxiety have a significantly higher risk of developing heart disease compared to those who don’t worry in the absence of serious symptoms
  • Pessimism in general raises your risk of ill health. The most pessimistic had a 220 percent higher risk of dying compared to the most optimistic. They also had a 73 percent higher risk of lethal heart disease
  • Getting reassurance from a medical professional is useless if you have health anxiety. Instead, seek to address your anxiety. Strategies such as cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness and EFT can be effective

By Dr. Mercola

Worrying about your health can be a self-fulfilling prophesy, researchers warn, raising your risk of heart disease and death. Anxiety and neurotic traits have also previously been linked to a higher risk for Alzheimer's disease.


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