When it comes to health, personality is just as important as family history

It looks like checking your BMI and blood pressure isn’t the only thing that determines your health because according to American researchers, personality is as important as family history.

They think that personality determines how well someone looks after themselves and that conscientious people are much less likely to develop a health problem than those who are careless.

Dr Norman Anderson of Duke University in North Carolina said:

“The best health care is one that treats the whole person including how their personality traits impact their attitudes and behaviours vis-à-vis their health.”

He said that his research showed that people who are more sensible at the age of 26 are in much better health  at 38 than those who aren’t sensible in their 20s.

Looks like we’ll be passing on the booze this weekend!