American researchers found that the likelihood of cardiovascular disease among people with a definite purpose in life, is significantly reduced. The results and progress of research published edition of Psychosomatic Medicine: Journal of Biobehavioral Medicine.
Scientists took seven years studying health and causes of mortality in the group of subjects. The number in the study exceeded 136 thousand, and the average age was 67 years. For seven years scientists have registered 14.5 deaths, 4 thousand people died because of cardiovascular diseases.
It turned out that the risk of dying from heart disease in people with the purpose in life is five times less than that of people living without purpose. Scientists suggest this is due to the extra motivation and attention to their health. Regular screening and a healthy lifestyle can greatly reduce the likelihood of stroke or heart attack.