New Study Shows Things That Predict Your Odds of Living or Dying
A new Brigham Young University study adds our social relationships to the “short list” of factors that predict a person’s odds of living or dying.
In the journal PLoS Medicine, BYU professors Julianne Holt-Lunstad and Timothy Smith report that social connections – friends, family, neighbors or colleagues – improve our odds of survival by 50 percent. Here is how low social interaction compares to more well-known risk factors:
- Equivalent to smoking 15 cigarettes a day
- Equivalent to being an alcoholic
- More harmful than not exercising
- Twice as harmful as obesity
Interesting study about the imporance of social interaction to our survival. To read the entire article from a new Brigham Young University study, go to: http://news.byu.edu/archive10-jul-relationships.aspx