Study: Good Social Relationships Equal Longer Lifespan

Published 07/28 2010 09:25AM

Updated 07/28 2010 09:26AM

Having good relationships with friends and family members could be the key to a long life.

A report from Brigham Young University finds that people who have strong social relationships are 50% less likely to die prematurely than people without a social support system.

The Brigham Young team concluded that having low levels of social interaction can be as damaging to someone's health as smoking up to 15 cigarettes a day or being an alcoholic.

The study is published online in the journal "PLoS Medicine."

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