Analyzes were taken from 1,054 people aged 34 to 84 years old, they participated in a survey that included questions about relationships, such as how often they received help from friends, family and romantic partners. In addition, the respondents assessed their desire to support loved ones and how often such situations arose.
Then they donated blood samples in which they measured indicators such as interleukin-6 (IL-6), a pro-inflammatory cytokine that affects many organs and systems of the body. High levels of IL-6 are often associated with the risk of diseases such as cancer and heart disease.
The results showed that lower IL-6 scores were observed in participants who not only had excellent social relationships, but were also willing to provide support in them.
Moreover, the relationship was most pronounced among women. “This reflects the idea that social relationships are often more important to them than to men. But our sample size was not large enough to show this convincingly. We will study the issue further “, – noted the researchers.