Cut Your Chances Of A Cold In Half

Years ago, researchers investigated the effects of vitamin C on the common cold. While they found that taking the vitamin has only a modestly protective effect, scientists at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh have discovered another way to cut your chances of catching a cold in half.

Have kids.

According to the Carnegie study, parents, on average, are 52 percent less likely to develop a cold than non-parents.

For the research, researchers exposed 795 healthy adults between the ages of 18 and 55 to a virus that causes a common cold

Parents with one or two children were 48 percent less likely to get sick, while parents with three or more children were 61 percent less likely to develop a cold. Parents with children living at home and away from home all showed a decreased risk of catching a cold.

Unfortunately, younger parents were not as healthy as older parents. While parents older than age 24 were protected from the cold virus, parenthood did not influence whether those aged 18 to 24 became ill.

“Although parenthood was clearly protective, we were unable to identify an explanation for this association,” notes researcher Sheldon Cohen. “Because we controlled for immunity to the virus, we know that these differences did not occur just because the parents were more likely to have been exposed to the virus through their children. Moreover, parents and nonparents showed few psychological or biological differences, and those that did exist could not explain the benefit of parenthood. We expect that a psychological benefit of parenthood that we did not measure may have been responsible.”


Easy Health Options Staff

By Easy Health Options Staff

Submitted by the staff at Easy Health Options®.