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Forget the macho images of men as strong, silent loners -- research on the health benefits of relationships simply doesn't bear out that stereotype. In this video, Michael Roizen, MD, chief wellness officer for the Cleveland Clinic, explains the different ways a solid relationship affects men and women as they age.
Healthy relationships can affect longevity by supporting us, feeding us, nurturing us and encouraging us. We are social beings by nature. Much of why we want to live, what interests us, what we care about, is because it has to do with other people. It's our intimate relationships, our familial relationships, relationships we have with people who are working side by side with us that are doing something meaningful. We want a good body so that we can continue to do that for a long time.
The Australian Longitudinal Study of Aging showed that people with good relationships were 22% less likely to die over the following decade. Interestingly, close contact with children and relatives had little impact on survival. It was those with the strongest network of friends and acquaintances who were the most likely to survive. Unquestionably, developing peers who are also interested in healthy living is a great idea. Forming a support group or even joining our online support group can be extremely beneficial and aid in your success.
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