Inflammation and positive affect are associated with subjective health in women of the general population

Anna Nixon Andreasson*, Robert Szulkin, Anna Lena Undén, Jan Von Essen, Lars Göran Nilsson, Mats Lekander

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Abstract

Poor subjective health has been associated with higher levels of inflammatory cytokines. We investigated whether such an association would apply to women of the general population. Levels of cytokines, affect and subjective health were assessed in 347 women of the general population aged 45 to 90 years. Higher levels of interleukin-6 were associated with poor subjective health, especially in participants over 65 years of age. Positive affect was a more robust determinant of subjective health than negative affect. The presence of low-grade inflammation and absence of positive affect, rather than presence of negative affect, may be important determinants of subjective health.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)311-320
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Health Psychology
Volume18
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2013
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Affect
  • Cytokines
  • Females
  • Self-rated health
  • Subjective health

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    Andreasson, A. N., Szulkin, R., Undén, A. L., Von Essen, J., Nilsson, L. G., & Lekander, M. (2013). Inflammation and positive affect are associated with subjective health in women of the general population. Journal of Health Psychology, 18(3), 311-320. https://doi.org/10.1177/1359105311435428