Women having good social support cope better with depression & live longer

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Women having good social support cope better with depression & live longer

A recent study done on 7,524 women (average age 74) showed that women are able to cope with the stresses of life much better and live longer if they have a strong social support. Infact a stable marriage seemed to be the most essential factor in increasing their longevity. Apart from this the aging women are also able to have a better overall health such as good blood pressure readings, better immune systems if they have a good circle of friends and a lifelong partner.

During the study the researchers considered various health and lifestyle risk factors in the participants. The participants were observed for approximately 6 years and it was found that those women who had a strong social circle, especially married women, had a good quality of life. They were at less risk of heart disease and lived longer. Out of the total number of participants 1451 women died; 251 died due to heart disease. This was seen in that group of women who had less number of social contacts and were isolated.

Hence, the study shows that having a strong social circle can help women cope better with their health and live longer. This fact holds true even after researchers considered other risk factors such as obesity, smoking and drinking habits, depression, and chronic illnesses

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