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Love : what is love if it is not to share?
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Although much evidence has been accumulated in research over the past 20 years on the strong causal associations between social relations and health and longevity, significant gaps remain in our understanding of the mechanisms, timing and duration of these associations. This study integrates perspectives and social and biological disciplinary research to examine how social relationships “get into the skin” affect physiological well-being as individuals age. Combining the data and harmonizing the measurements of four large population-based representative national surveys, using an innovative longitudinal life course design, this study provides unidentified evidence on the biological and biological mechanisms linking social relations models. to health. As such, our results provide explanations of the emergence and progression of diseases throughout the human lifespan.
Analyzes of multiple dimensions of social relationships within multiple samples over a lifetime have produced consistent and robust associations with health. The physiological impacts of the structural and functional dimensions of social relationships emerge only in adolescence and mid-life and persist into old age.
A defining characteristic of human society is that individual lives are intertwined across social relationships. Full social participation is such a fundamental human need that research since the 1900s has found that a lack of social connections increases the chances of death by at least 50%. When multidimensional social relations assessments are taken into account, Mortality probabilities increased by 91% among socially isolated people. The magnitude of this effect is comparable to that of smoking and exceeds that of many other known risk factors for mortality, such as obesity or physical inactivity.