A Helping Hand Could Be Good For Health – WEIL

A Helping Hand Could Be Good For Health – Brain, Behavior, and Immunity

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0889159121005985?via%3DihubWhen it comes to social support, helping your significant other, family, and friends may be just as beneficial to your health as it is to those receiving that support. For one recent study, researchers at Ohio State University reviewed data from more than 1,000 healthy adults ages 34 to 84 who were participating in the large follow-up of the National Survey of Midlife Development in the U.S. The volunteers completed questionnaires about their social lives and answered questions about how much they could rely on their friends, family, or spouse for help. Two years later, the respondents underwent various blood tests, including one that measured interleukin-6 (IL-6), a marker of inflammation that is associated with an increased risk of many chronic conditions, including cardiovascular disease and cancer