Social relationships could increase your lifespan

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A meta-analysis of 148 studies reported in the July issue of PLoS Medicine established a surprisingly strong link between social relationships and survival. Although many studies have attributed social relationships with positive health outcomes, this study places social relationships on par with quitting smoking, obesity and physical inactivity in terms of relationship to mortality. Julianne Holt-Lunstad, PhD, of Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, and colleagues, associated social relationships with a 50% increased chance of surviving through follow-up. “The link between social relationships and mortality is currently much less understood than other risk factors. Nonetheless, there is substantial experimental, cross-sectional, and prospective evidence linking social relationships with multiple pathways associated with mortality…,” the researchers said. Click here to read an article from TIME online that discusses this study more.

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