New research suggests that people who suffer from loneliness and isolation are 30% more likely to suffer from stroke and heart disease. The study found that social isolation in particular can have the same affect on the heart as anxiety and job stress. This data supports the assertion by researchers that social isolation and loneliness can affect health as much as obesity or lack of physical activity.
Loneliness has been linked in the past to a weakened immune system and high blood pressure. This study highlights the need to take loneliness more seriously and address it as doctors do other medical conditions that can affect health. Connecting with people online can help but to gain the maximum health benefits, people should interact with positive people in life.
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Loneliness Linked to Heart Disease, Stroke