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Monday 22 July 2013

Type 1's with Type A Personalities Live Longer !

Researchers analyzed data from the CDC, which has followed a cohort of patients with type 1 diabetes for 22 years. The study showed that for every 1 point increase on the Bortner Rating Scale that evaluated type A behavior, there was a 1% decrease in all cause mortality. This association between type A behavior and mortality was adjusted for age, education, duration of diabetes, body mass index, smoking status, duration of diabetes, and physical activity.

One of these risk factors for type 1 diabetes is type A behavior that is associated with aggressiveness, competitiveness, and achievement oriented personality traits. The authors said, "It appears that type A behavior may have different effects on health depending on underlying chronic disease status. Overall authors found that diabetic patients with type A behavior are more likely to have better blood glucose levels as they probably take extra precautions and are more careful about their disease state."

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