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Inflammation and positive affect are associated with subjective health in women of the general population
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stress Research Institute. Karolinska Institutet.
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2013 (English)In: Journal of Health Psychology, ISSN 1359-1053, E-ISSN 1461-7277, Vol. 18, no 3, 311-320 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Poor subjective health has been associated with higher levels of inflammatory cytokines. We investigated whether such an association would apply to women of the general population. Levels of cytokines, affect and subjective health were assessed in 347 women of the general population aged 45 to 90 years. Higher levels of interleukin-6 were associated with poor subjective health, especially in participants over 65 years of age. Positive affect was a more robust determinant of subjective health than negative affect. The presence of low-grade inflammation and absence of positive affect, rather than presence of negative affect, may be important determinants of subjective health.

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2013. Vol. 18, no 3, 311-320 p.
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affect, cytokines, females, self-rated health, subjective health
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-82557DOI: 10.1177/1359105311435428ISI: 000316745600001PubMedID: 22496462Local ID: P2953OAI: diva2:570424
Swedish Research CouncilRiksbankens Jubileumsfond
Available from: 2012-11-19 Created: 2012-11-19 Last updated: 2013-11-29Bibliographically approved

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