The secret of long life is socializing
A new study has revealed the health effects of loneliness. The study suggests that a healthy social life is the secret to a long life.
Special diets, sports, regular sleep… Although all these are often mentioned for a long life, a new study reveals that socialization is also very effective.
Researchers from Sichuan University West China Hospital, who followed more than 28,500 people over the age of 70 in China, found that those who reported socializing regularly lived longer than those who socialized only occasionally or not at all. According to the research; reported a death rate of 18.4 per 100 persons per year among those who did not socialize at all.
In the study, participants filled out questionnaires about their habits in 2002, 2005, 2008, 2011 and 2014. The average age of the participants was 89 when they started the study. Participants were followed until death. In the first five years of the research, 25,406 people did not participate in any social activities, 1,379 people sometimes; 693 people stated that they socialized at least once a month, 553 people at least once a week, and 532 people almost every day.
During the study, 21,161 people died, of whom 15,728 died within the first five years.
Previous studies also support the research. In isolated persons; It is stated that there are more hospitalizations due to diseases such as high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity and dementia. It’s also been suggested that loneliness can alter the levels of inflammation in the body, which may increase the risk of chronic disease or have an effect on immune cells that need to fight viruses.