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Pay attention to that under-the-weather feeling

People who rate their health as less than excellent more susceptible to catching colds, study shows

11:45am, December 3, 2015
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GOING VIRAL  Healthy adults who say they are in less-than-excellent health show an elevated susceptibility to developing colds, apparently because their health ratings reflect compromised immunity, researchers say.

Seemingly healthy people who say they don’t feel so hot are prone to developing colds, a new study finds.

Having a weakened immune system prompts individuals to rate their general health as relatively poor, even if they don’t display illness symptoms, say psychologist Sheldon Cohen of Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh and his colleagues. Fatigue, reduced appetite and other signs of feeling off-kilter, which may be related to a weakened immune system, possibly spur reports of middling or worse health in people who then get sick when exposed to the cold virus, the researchers propose in the November/December Psychosomatic Medicine.

Previous studies have reported that people judge themselves as healthier if they exercise, eat a good diet, avoid alcohol and cigarettes, feel at ease and cheerful, and have close friends and

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