- Being lonely increases your risk of heart disease and cancer, a study found
- Scientists looked at the link between relationships and health at each age
- Loneliness when young is as dangerous as physical inactivity, they said
- And, hypertension often stems from loneliness – not diabetes – in old age
- Thus, those who aren’t lonely have a longer life expectancy, they said
Feeling lonely can ‘vastly elevate’ a person’s risk of heart disease, stroke and cancer, scientists warn.
Lacking a network of friends or family is as dangerous to your health as a lack of physical inactivity in youth or diabetes in old age, their research found.
Scientists from the University of North Carolina examined the association between relationships and healthiness across each life stage.
They determined that weak relationships in younger years can increase your risk of inflammation – at the same rate as lack of exercise.
Furthermore, hypertension in old age is more likely to occur as a result of loneliness than clinical risk factors, including diabetes.
Lacking a network of family or friends – and living a life of loneliness – has been found to increase your risk of heart disease, stroke and cancer, according to a new study
Yet, people who have the support of loved ones are less likely to develop health conditions – and more likely to have a longer life expectancy.
Dr Kathleen Mullan Harris, of UNC and the Carolina Population Center, said: ‘Based on these findings, it should be as important to encourage adolescents and young adults to build broad social relationships and skills for interacting with others as it is to eat healthy and be physically active.’
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