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R&D for Lifetime of Life

Relate to survive.

Analysing 148 studies, Dr Julianne Holt-Lunstad found that social relationships were as important to survival in research studies as quitting smoking, and more important than obesity or being physically inactive.

The 148 studies involved over 300,000 people, average age 64, followed for an average of 7.5 years. Being in a strong social relationship increased the chance of survival by 50%.

The finding remained consistent across age, gender, initial health status, cause of death, and follow-up period.

According to the authors, there are two models to explain how social relationships may influence health. In the first, social connections ease the negative effects of stress. In the other, social relationships directly affect cognitive, emotional, behavioural and biological functioning.

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July 28, 2010 - Posted by | Activity, Aging, Exercise, Health, Julianne Holt-Lunstad, Obesity, Relationships, Social networks, Success

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