Being anxious could triple your chances of developing asthmaApril 27th, 2009 - 12:42 pm ICT by ANI
London, April 27 (ANI): Do you have a neurotic personality? Well then it’s time to relax or else you could end up developing asthma, says a new study.
Researchers at Heidelberg University in Mannheim, Germany, conducted a study and found that neurotic personality could triple the chances of developing asthma.
Adrian Loerbroks and colleagues used a questionnaire to evaluate tendencies to hysteria, anxiety and depression in 4010 adults without asthma, reports New Scientist.
After nine years, the research team reassessed the volunteers and found that those who had high levels of neurosis were three times as likely to have developed asthma as those with low scores.
Animal studies have shown that chronic stress alters hormone levels, which can inflame airways.
According to Loerbroks, neurotic character traits may exert similar effects, so treating highly neurotic people could reduce their risk of developing asthma. (ANI)
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