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How does having friends affect my health?

Dr. Kathleen Hall
Preventive Medicine
Nothing has greater impact on our well-being than love and relationships. The University of Michigan published a landmark paper that demonstrated people without strong social support were two to four times more likely to die than those with substantial social networks.
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Themes like “I just don’t have time” and “I’m exhausted” rule our lives today. We are overbooked, overworked and overwhelmed. Just getting done what must be done fills our days. The...
Dr. Michael Roizen, MD
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While spending happy times with friends and loved ones is a pleasure and may feel like an indulgence, it's actually a RealAge (physiologic age) must. Although for years scientists discredited the effect of social factors on biological health, study after study has confirmed the importance of social connections. Studies have shown repeatedly that the effect of interpersonal relationships on stress responses is not only psychological but also physiologic. These ties can actually affect the number of immune cells you have, which can in turn affect your resistance to disease and cancer. Social connections make your immune system younger and reduce stress.
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