How do friends help keep busy moms healthy?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
For a busy mom, the best way to stay connected is to find a buddy at work or with another parent of your child’s friends. A good friend will keep your blood pressure low and decrease weight. This is because if the friend shares the same goals, you are more likely to adopt his or her habits. Having a friend also improves your immune system by warding off depression. Depression has been linked to infection by inhibiting the fighting ability of your immune system’s T-cells. It doesn’t have to be one friend. Group participation works, too--religious groups, social groups, and work groups are all beneficial. Try multitasking, like taking a walk with a friend or enrolling in a group tennis lesson--you’ll get exercise and socialization all at once for a double heart boost.

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