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In concluding the impact of relationships on longevity, researchers say they have accounted for lifestyle factors.
Holt-Lunstad added: “I think that’s particularly important to know because there may be the assumption that people who are healthier are more likely to be social and people are who are unhealthy might be more likely to be isolated.
“This evidence is really part of a long-standing body of research that suggests humans are social beings and we needed to rely on others throughout human history for survival.”
Furthermore, while relationships can help extend someone’s life, isolation has been found to have the potential to shorten it through increasing risk factors for diseases like dementia.