So, what can pose the same health risk as smoking cigarettes? Well, it may come as a shock, but a medical research team from the University of North Carolina and the Brigham Young University have found that having fewer friends and leading a weaker social life can be as harmful to your health and increase the mortality rate at least as much as smoking a pack of cigarettes a day.
The results of the study, published in “PloS Medicine”, showed that the correlation between the health risk and mortality rate of people with poor social connections and those with a strong social life was the same as the correlation between the health risk for smokers and non-smokers. In fact, the research team claimed that people with weak social ties were under the same risk of becoming ill or dying as were smokers who smoke up to 15 cigarettes a day. Another stunning correlation found by this team was that having fewer friends and communicating with people less is as dangerous to the health as being an alcoholic and twice as dangerous as suffering from obesity.