Friends Keep You Healthy

Why Friends Keep You Healthy

Research shows that people who continue to maintain close friendships and find other means to interact socially live longer than those who become isolated. Relationships and social interactions even help protect against illness by boosting your immune system.

Some of the potential benefits of being social include:

• Reduced risk for cardiovascular problems, some cancers, osteoporosis and rheumatoid arthritis

• Reduced risk for Alzheimer’s disease

• Lower blood pressure

• Reduced risk for mental health problems such as depression

Additionally, social interaction can help keep the brain sharp and increase the use of your analytic skills. Examples of ways to stay social include:

• Join a club or organization

• Volunteer at a local charity

• Play bridge or other card games

• Travel with family or friends

Meet the Author

Mercedes Tomioka, MD

A native speaker of Spanish and conversational Japanese, Dr. Tomioka brings cultural diversity, excellent skills, and her compassionate nature to her profession as a physician. Her grandparents immigrated to Peru prior to World War II and that is where...

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