Strong link between health and relationships Strong link between health and relationships If you’ve witnessed at first hand a loved one who’s battled back from ill health, a new report indicates that the chances of a successful recovery may well lie in your relationship as much as your medical care? As published by Relate (the UK’s largest provider of relationship support) a new study by Duke University in the United States suggests a link between relationship breakdown and heart attacks.Helen Undy, Public Affairs and Campaigns Manager at Relate said: “This research adds to a growing body of evidence highlighting the strong link between health and relationships. This is underlined in Relate’s new report, The Best Medicine?, which demonstrates that good quality relationships with partners, family and friends can prevent, delay or minimise the effects of physical and mental health conditions. “Research shows that people with strong social relationships are 50% more likely to survive life-threatening illness than those with weaker ones.* In the counselling room, we see many people who are preoccupied with thoughts about their relationship, meaning they are not sleeping well, taking time off work or experiencing panic attacks. “There is no doubt that going through a relationship breakdown can be stressful, but living in a poor quality relationship also poses risks to our health. The right support can help us to cope during tough times, whether separating or facing new challenges together. Relate supports the British Heart Foundation’s call for more research into the link between health and relationships. We are also campaigning for relationships to be put at the heart of the NHS.” contact www.the-boomers.com THE SMALL PRINT We hope you are enjoying the site, please note The –Boomers site has been prepared solely for information purposes. Users are advised to seek independent financial advice or in the case of health related content –consult your GP or medical professional. All information, opinions expressed on the The-Boomers are current as of the date of publication, but may become out of date over time. No liability and/or guarantee of performance is accepted or offered. The opinions expressed in The-Boomers do not constitute investment advice or health advice or any other form of advice; independent advice should be sought where appropriate. Articles are supplied strictly without accepting any liability, responsibility or duty of care for their services, content, or links to other subsequent related or unrelated material. The Site contains general information only and does not take into account the individual health issues /objectives or the individual financial situation/objectives or needs of a person or persons. Please see our Terms & Conditions for further information.