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Research Article

Personality and Levels of Cholesterol and Glucose

Henrique Pereira1*, Cândida Tomaz2, José Cavaco3and Paulo Tavares-Ratado4

1Department of Psychology and Education, University of Beira Interior & Unidade de Investigação em Psicologia e Saúde (UIPES/ISPA), Portugal

2Centro de Investigação das Ciências da Saúde (CICS), University of Beira Interior, Portugal

3Department of Medical Sciences, University of Beira Interior& Centro de Investigação das Ciências da Saúde (CICS), Portugal

4Clinical Pathology Laboratory, Sousa Martins Hospital & Centro de Investigação das Ciências da Saúde (CICS), University of Beira Interior, Portugal

*Corresponding Author:
Henrique Pereira
Department of Psychology and Education
University of Beira Interior & Unidade de Investigação em Psicologia e Saúde (UIPES/ISPA)
Portugal
Tel: 275 329 161
E-mail: [email protected]

Received date: June 17, 2014; Accepted date: June 17, 2014; Published date: June 21, 2014

Citation: Pereira H, Tomaz C, Cavaco J, Tavares-Ratado P (2014) Personality and Levels of Cholesterol and Glucose. J Nutr Food Sci 4:291. doi: 10.4172/2155-9600.1000291

Copyright: © 2014 Pereira H, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.

Abstract

This research aims to investigate the relationship between personality traits according to the Big-Five model and the levels of cholesterol and glucose. A convenience sample of 52 individuals participated in this study (mean age was 25 years old; SD=7,8 years of age); 59,6% were women (40,4% were men). The Neo Reviewed Personality Inventory (Portuguese version) was used to measure personality according to the Big-Five Personality Model: Openness (O), Conscientiousness (C), Extraversion (E), Agreeableness (A), and Neuroticism (N). Regarding the serum determinations, the following parameters were quantified: Total Cholesterol, Low Density Lipoprotein (LDL), High Density Lipoprotein (HDL), Triglycerides and Glucose. Results show that there is a negative correlation between Extroversion and total levels of cholesterol, as well as LDL; a negative correlation between Neuroticism and LDL and Glucose; and, finally a positive correlation between Conscientiousness and glucose levels. This study is a contribution for further research, and our aim is to develop other topics of investigation, expanding it into the psychoneuroimmunological implications present in the mechanisms that mediate the relation between psychological and physical variables, namely between the personality and levels of cholesterol and glucose.

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