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Loneliness Is Lethal

Studies continue to reveal links between loneliness and a variety of physical, emotional and mental health problems. In fact, when loneliness becomes a lifestyle, it can have a profound effect on health and can lead to increased levels of stress hormones as well as a heightened risk for heart attack and stroke, dementia, and premature mortality. Nancy Donovan, a psychiatrist and researcher at the Center for Alzheimer Research and Treatment at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, used data from the Harvard Aging Brain Study to compare self-reported loneliness with the amount of amyloid levels in the brain. The results, published in JAMA Psychiatry in November 2016, were that 32 percent of the participants who identified as lonely tested positive for high amyloid levels — a warning sign for Alzheimer’s disease. Read more about the undeniable connection between loneliness and health HERE.