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Overconfident adults in their 60s visit a doctor twice a year than health-conscious


Overconfident adults visit doctors twice a year than health-conscious people – putting them more at risk of serious illness, study shows

  • Researchers from the University of Vienna looked at 80,000 European adults for the study
  • Found that those who were overconfident visited the doctor twice a year compared to those who were unsure of their health
  • Scientists warned that doing so could put them at risk of diseases being caught late

Excessive self-confidence can be the enemy of good health, a new study finds — because over-confident adults are less likely to go to the doctor, even when they’re feeling unwell.

Researchers from the University of Vienna, Austria, found that people aged 50 and older who were too confident in their health went to the doctor on average twice as much as those who were not.

They warned that this could lead to serious diseases such as cancer that are only diagnosed in the late stages – when the patient is more difficult to treat.

It comes as part of a growing amount of research showing the downsides of trusting too much, including poor financial decisions, wasting time on bad ideas, and losing the trust of others around you.

Researchers from the University of Vienna, Austria, found that those who were too sure about their health visited the doctor on average twice less per year than those who weren’t sure (shares)

Patients over 60 who enjoy a solid drink may recover better after surgery than those who stay sober

Older patients who enjoy a solid drink may recover better after surgery than those who stay sober, a study suggested Wednesday.

People aged 60 and older who consumed a ‘potentially unhealthy amount’ of alcohol tended to have a better quality of life.

The heavy drinkers reported significantly better mobility, self-care and fewer problems performing daily activities after surgery compared to those who drank less or not at all.

Researcher Vera Guttenthaler, of University Hospital Bonn, in Germany, said: ‘One explanation could be that higher alcohol consumption can lead to a better mood, more sociability and less stress.’

While the findings have been questioned by other academics, the researchers said the topic was “exciting” and warrants further investigation.

Published this week in the Journal of the Economics of Agingresearchers looked at more than 80,000 European adults who were over the age of 50.

The participants were asked to rate how healthy they were by determining whether they would have difficulty getting up from a chair after sitting for a long period of time.

They were then asked to physically get up from a chair, with the scientists assessing whether this was more difficult or easier than expected.

The participants were then asked if they had any health problems and how often they visited the doctors in a year.

The results showed that most adults (79 percent) correctly rated their health, but one-tenth over- or underestimated it.

Those who were less confident were more likely to say they had an underlying health condition — such as high blood pressure, cataracts or high cholesterol — than those who were overconfident.

In total, the participants visited the doctors about nine times a year.

But those in the overconfident group were 17 percent less likely to go to the doctor.

While those in the least confident group went about ten times a year.

The scientists did not investigate whether either group had a higher risk of death due to certain conditions.

dr. Sonja Spitzer, a demographer who led the study, and others said: “Individuals who think they are healthier than they actually are may delay doctor visits, even if necessary — and get sicker in later stages of the disease.

“While this can lead to savings in the short term, long-term health deteriorates if left untreated and results in a more serious disease leading to higher costs.

‘Overconfident individuals may also be less likely to use preventive and screening services for early disease detection.’

They added: “[On the other hand]Individuals who underestimate health can gain earlier screening and diagnosis of disease through frequent doctor visits, and influence costs differently by preventing further health deterioration.”

The study is based on the results of the Survey of Health, Aging and Retirement (SHARE) conducted between 2006 and 2013.

Dr Mujaheed Shaikh, a health economist at Hertie School in Berlin, Germany, was also involved in the study.


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