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Socially active elderly people tend to have healthier lungs, study says

Last Update 06/04/2021

Researchers have found that socialising can positively affect the lung health of older people.


Researchers have found that socialising can positively affect the lung health of older people.

The study, published in the journal, Health Psychology, involved data on the lung function and social relationships of 1,147 healthy adults aged between 70 and 79.

The researchers found that the people who engaged more with others tended to have better lung function.

They also explored the nature of their relationships to see if there were any that were particularly influential to lung health. While marriage had the strongest positive impact, socialising with relatives and friends also played a significant role.

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