Study finds that loneliness increases risk of death

March 18, 2015 12:28 PM

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Study finds that loneliness increases risk of death

One of the review’s authors, Dr. Julianne Holt-Lunstad, of Brigham Young University, told CNN that when it comes to feeling alone versus being alone, “we need to take both seriously.” The data shows “greater longevity if you’re well connected,” she said, but we should also be concerned with the times when “others may be surrounded by others and still feel lonely.”

Only three of 70 studies in the review calculated the feelings of loneliness rather than actual isolation. Another factor in the review, which the authors take into account, is age and disease. The average age of the participants was 66, which shows the need for further research across younger age g...

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