Think You're Getting A Cold? You Probably Are
When it comes to colds and the flu, those pre-symptoms are most unwelcomed.
Feeling exhausted, that sore throat and the general lousiness is often a good sign that our bodies are coming down with something.
However, it turns out that people who rate themselves as less healthy are twice as likely to catch a cold than people who think of themselves as healthy!
The new study published in the November issue of Psychosomatic Medicine suggests that people actually know themselves pretty well so if you think you're unhealthy, you're probably right.
Unfortunately, the study doesn't mean that positive thinking can prevent a cold... mind over matter just won't cut it in this instance!
For the study, 360 healthy individuals around the age of 30 were asked to rate their health as poor, good, very good or excellent.
The participants were then exposed to a virus that causes a common cold and were monitored for five days post exposure.
Around one-third of the participants developed the cold and Dr Sheldon Cohen, a professor of psychology at Carnegie Mellon University and lead author of the study said "there was such a large association between self-reported health and disease susceptibility among young adults who were selected for their good health".
Cohen also said that we may sense, subconsciously, when our immune system is weakened, which allows us to know whether we are susceptible to infections or not.
Therefore, simply asking patients to self-rate their own health may be an effective tool to gauge susceptibility.