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Sunday, September 29, 2013

Social Activity Impacts Longevity

Burj Khalifa (the tallest building in the world), Dubai

Having an active social life is good for you.

A study published earlier this year in the American Journal of Public Health found that social isolation can impact how long we live. Researchers studied almost 17,000 adults who took part in the Third National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey and found that social isolation increased the risk of death as much as smoking, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and obesity.

Many different things influence how healthy we are and how long we live. Social activity is a factor we can modify to enjoy longer and more fulfilling lives. If you don't have at least 5 good friends, find more.


Pantell M, Rehkopf D, Jutte D, Syme SL, Balmes J, and Adler N. Social Isolation: A Predictor of Mortality Comparable to Traditional Clinical Risk Factors. American Journal of Public Health 2013 Sep 12. [Epub ahead of print]

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