How You Feel: Important Indicator of Health
If you haven’t been feeling well, or have just been feeling "not-quite-right," talk to your health care provider. According to a recent study, patients' feelings about their health—called "self-rated health"—is an important indicator of overall wellbeing.
The study, which was published in Psychoneuroendocrinology, showed that self-rated health can sometimes predict illness better than standard diagnostic testing such as blood tests and blood pressure measurements. One theory is that fatigue, perhaps triggered by the work of the immune system, is an important clue to long-term health.
This is an area of fascinating research. The idea of "patient-reported outcomes" holds that the way patients report feeling is closely linked to their future health—possibly more than their doctors' assessments.
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