Thursday, March 18, 2010

Difficulty Trusting Others Impacts Life Expectancy

In response to the March 13 post, “Functioning When it Doesn’t Seem Possible,” I received a comment about how reluctant one person was in sharing their feelings and concerns with others. “I don’t want to be a whiner.” Today, I read a very interesting article about how not trusting and reaching out may actually shorten one’s life. This particular study was done in patients with diabetes.

Mistrust can exact a high toll. Being overly cautious or dismissive in relating to people, researchers are learning, may shorten the lives of people with diabetes.

Diabetes patients who have a lower propensity to reach out to others have a higher mortality rate than those who feel comfortable seeking support. These are the findings of a five-year study reported by Dr. Paul Ciechanowski, associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the University of Washington (UW) and an affiliate investigator at Group Health Research Institute in Seattle. To read more about the study, go to

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