Monday, August 2, 2010

Isolation as harmful as smoking 15 a day

HAVING a poor social network is just as likely to send you to an early grave as smoking or alcohol abuse.

A scientific review of 148 previous studies involving more than 300,000 people found that those with adequate social relationships were 50 per cent more likely to be alive after an average follow-up period of nearly eight years, compared to more socially isolated people.

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