Laura Kubzansky is an author on a paper that explores optimism in relation to likelihood of healthy aging, considering whether effects are evident over and above effects of health-related behaviors and depression. Findings suggest that optimism should be explored further as a potentially modifiable health asset.
Laura Kubzansky, PhD, is an author on a study that indicates that higher levels of psychological well-being are associated with maintaining higher levels of health-promoting fruit and vegetable consumption. Photo: Claudette Agustin
Given the strong connection between optimism (and other signposts of psychological well-being) and cardiovascular health, Laura Kubzansky and colleagues recommend in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology (JACC) that rigorous interventions be designed to evaluate programs geared towards promoting psychological well-being.
A study by Laura Kubzansky and colleagues reveals that greater psychological well-being is linked to higher levels of HDL-C (considered to be the “good” cholesterol). While healthier behaviors play a role, this study aims to examine more closely the established link between psychological well-being and cardiovascular health.
Laura Kubzansky, PhD, a Harvard Pop Center faculty member, is an author on a study that has found that women who were the most optimistic were less likely to die from diseases analyzed, including cancer, heart disease, stroke, respiratory disease, and infection, over the course of the study. The findings are published in The American Journal of Epidemiology. Learn more in this press release by the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.…