Study: Feelings of loneliness linked to higher risk of premature death

USA Today reports that research presented at the American Association for the Advancement of Science annual meeting suggests that individuals “who feel consistently lonely have a 14% higher risk of premature death than those who don’t.”

Investigators found that “the impact of loneliness on early death is almost as strong as the impact of being poor, which increased the chances of dying early by 19%.”

AFP reports that the study, which was “carried out on a group of 20,000 people revealed adverse health effects of feeling alone, including sleep problems, high blood pressure, impaired immune cells and depression.”

 

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