Personal Relationships and Longevity

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There may be a downside to self-reliance: A study found that people with type 1 or type 2 diabetes who are comfortable reaching out to others may live longer than those who prefer to go it alone.

Participants who described themselves as either secure in or preoccupied about their relationships with other people had a 33 percent lower risk of death over five years than those who regarded themselves as more likely to dismiss or fear bonding.

The researchers say that characterizing a patient’s relationship style as part of care may help doctors identify those at higher risk.

 

Source: Diabetes Care, March 2010