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Do you make healthier choices when you feel depleted?

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Feeling tired and run down could actually present the perfect conditions for making healthy choices, a new study suggests.

Researchers from Northwestern University and Erasmus University found that people are more likely to make healthy choices or seek protective or preventive medical care when they are feeling depleted.

In their study, published in the Journal of Consumer Research, the researchers conducted several experiments to examine “self-protective motivation.”

In one of the experiments, study participants read a message about the benefits of early detection for kidney disease, the dangers of the disease, and the family history risks with regard to the disease. The researchers took note of which study participants felt depleted, and also asked them afterward about how likely they were to get tested for kidney disease (for purposes of early detection).

Keep reading to see how the tired participants responded to the researchers…

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