Loneliness can cause early death

By Drum Digital
23 February 2014

Loneliness factors into a shorter life expectancy if not escaped.

Studies released from the University of Chicago have found feeling isolated may affect multiple health categories. Isolation can have a perverse effect on sleep, alter gene expression in immune cells, increase morning rises in the stress hormone cortisol, and elevate blood pressure and increase depression and lower overall subjective well-being.

To combat depression small tasks such as, participating in family functions and keeping in contact with past co-workers may assist in lowering the risks.

Common age related health conditions arise that contributes to the loneliness effect.

Escaping the kill of loneliness is achievable with a healthy support system. People who feel consistently lonely have a 14 percent higher risk of premature death than those who don’t, a new study shows.

The effect of loneliness on early death is almost as strong as the effect of being poor, which increased the chances of dying early by 19 percent, the research found.

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