You gotta have friends for healthy aging


There are many ways you can help boost your health as you get older. For example, you can eat right, continue to get regular physical activity and take a natural anti-aging supplement. You can also focus on your mental health and relationships with loved ones, which may impact your well-being when you're older. According to researchers from the University of California, San Francisco, loneliness may predict serious health problems and even death.

The scientists studied a survey of more than 1,600 elderly individuals and found that those who identified themselves as being lonely had a 59 percent greater risk of experiencing physical decline, and a 45 higher risk of death.

"In our typical medical model, we don't think of subjective feelings as affecting health," said first author Carla Perissinotto, M.D., M.H.S., assistant professor in the UCSF Division of Geriatrics. "It's intriguing to find that loneliness is independently associated with an increased rate of death and functional decline."

These findings suggest that assessing an elderly person's happiness and whether or not he or she feels alone could be a good way of predicting their future health outcomes. 

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