By On July 27th, 2010

“Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves”

A meta-analysis of 148 studies reported in the July issue of PLoS Medicine established a surprisingly strong link between social relationships and survival. Although many studies have attributed social relationships with positive health outcomes, this study places social relationships on par with quitting smoking, obesity and physical inactivity in terms of relationship to mortality. Julianne Holt-Lunstad, PhD, of Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, and colleagues, associated social relationships with a 50% increased chance of surviving through follow-up. “The link between social relationships and mortality is currently much less understood than other risk factors. Nonetheless, there is substantial experimental, cross-sectional, and prospective evidence linking social relationships with multiple pathways associated with mortality…,” the researchers said. Click here to read an article from TIME online that discusses this study more.

Hebrews 10:25  Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.

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