McKnights: 8 social factors that lead to an early death in seniors

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When it comes to predicting longevity, we often focus on medical conditions such as heart disease, cancer, or diabetes. However, a recent study by researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School found that social factors can be just as important as medical conditions in determining how long we live.

Researchers ID 8 social factors that lead to early death in seniors

 The eight social factors studied were poor neighborhood cleanliness, low perceived control over financial situation, meeting with children less than yearly, not working for pay, not active with children, not volunteering, feeling isolated, and being treated with less courtesy or respect.

Lead author Sachin J. Shah, MD, MPH, a physician-scientist at MGH and Harvard Medical School, notes that the study highlights the importance of social factors in our lives. “We often overemphasize the importance of medical conditions when thinking about longevity. This research demonstrates that our social lives are as important as medical conditions.”

The study has important implications for healthcare professionals, policymakers, and individuals themselves. Healthcare professionals should consider social factors when assessing the health and wellbeing of their patients, and policymakers should invest in programs and policies that support social engagement and community building. In conclusion, the study underscores the importance of social factors in determining how long we live.

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