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Looking For The Secret Of A Long Life?


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Nov 10, 2004
Looking for the secret of a long life? Look closely at your friends. New research suggests that having a strong network of friends helps people live longer.

"Older people with better social networks with friends were less likely to die over a 10-year follow-up period than older people with poorer friends networks," Lynne C. Giles of Flinders University in Adelaide, Australia, told Reuters Health.

But in what may come as a surprising finding to older people who rely on their children and other relatives, having a large network of relatives was not associated with longer life, Giles and her colleagues report in the July issue of the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health.

"Of course, that is not to say that social networks with children and other relatives are not important in many other ways," Giles said.

Study after study has shown that elderly people who are connected with lots of people tend to live longer lives. However, few studies have examined whether different types of relationships -- with friends, partners, children and other relatives -- have different effects on longevity.

Giles's team set out to examine the relationship between various types of social networks and longevity in a group of almost 1,500 Australians who were at least 70 years old. Volunteers answered questions about their social networks and then were followed for 10 years.

Giles and her team are not sure why friends seemed to help people live longer. They speculate that friends may influence people to engage in more healthy behavior, such as not smoking or not drinking too much. Another possibility, according to the researchers, is that friends may help boost people's self-esteem.

Linky... http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/news/fullstory_25268.html
I believe in the saying you can pick your friends but you can't pick your family.

I think most of us have a relative who if you weren't connected by blood you could honestly say that you'd have nothing to do with them.