Childhood Friendships May Have Some Health Benefits Into Adulthood

If you spent a lot of time with friends as a kid, you may be seeing some health benefits as an adult. A 16-year-long study, published in the journal Psychological Science, revealed boys who spent more time with friends as children tended to have lower blood pressure and lower BMI compared to other men in their early 30s. Texas Tech University researcher Jenny Cundiff adds, ‘These findings suggest that our early social lives may have a small protective influence on our physical health in adulthood, and it’s not just our caregivers or financial circumstances, but also our friends who may be health protective.”