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Friends Make the Difference

Don’t feel guilty when you lunch with friends, check in on social media, or organize a shopping trip with your “bestie”. Social relationships, otherwise known as friends, are good for your health at every age. Research now shows that isolation and loneliness can be as damaging to your health as high blood pressure.

Researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill looked at people across a wide age range to determine how relationships affect health. They found that the quality of an individual’s social ties affect body such as hypertension or abdominal obesity. Older adults, in particular, have higher odds of developing high blood pressure when their social safety net is weak.

So, go ahead, call your friends and put together a girls’ night out. Have fun. Laugh. Make memories. It’s healthy for you.

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