According to the study conducted by researchers at Ohio State University in the United States, and included a thousand Americans between the ages of 34 and 84 years, their opinions were surveyed about their belief that they can rely on their families, friends or spouses, if they need help, and the impact on their health.
In their findings, the researchers linked a lower incidence of chronic inflammation to respondents’ reported willingness to provide support to family and friends.
The researchers attributed the correlation between good health and providing assistance to others, to the fact that the feeling of support helps reduce stress, and thus inflammation.
The researchers also showed that the link between providing support to others and health was stronger for women than for men.
The researchers noted the need to conduct more research on this relationship, and to increase the size of the sample that was subject to the questionnaire.