Caregiving not as bad for your health as once thought
For decades, articles in research journals and the popular press alike have reported that being a family caregiver takes a toll on a person’s health, boosting levels of inflammation and weakening the function of the immune system. Now, after analyzing 30 papers on the levels of immune and inflammatory molecules in caregivers, researchers say the link has been overstated and the association is extremely small.
This report argues that the prevailing conclusion and conventional wisdom that caregiving causes emotional and physical stress is based on flawed studies.
Do you agree with these updated conclusions? Have we all been influenced to feel bad (by the earlier reports) when in reality, caregiving has very little or no effect on the caregiver’s health?
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