Being Lonely Is Deadly?
That’s right social isolation is a detrimental to you overall health as is smoking cigarettes. According to the Dr. Steve Cole working for the National Institute on Aging at UCLA:
“Loneliness acts as a fertilizer for other diseases,” Dr. Cole said. “The biology of loneliness can accelerate the buildup of plaque in arteries, help cancer cells grow and spread, and promote inflammation in the brain leading to Alzheimer’s disease. Loneliness promotes several different types of wear and tear on the body.”
Doctors John and Stephanie Cacioppo also studied both loneliness and social isolation. They uncovered the crucial nature of human engagement has on us. In fact, they believe that you can be around many people and still feel lonely.
The good news is there is treatment! Go out to a park for a walk or free concert. Join a faith group for services. Call a family member or friend. Knock on your neighbor’s door and offer to share a cup of tea together. There are a million other ‘treatments’ and the solution depend on us. Let’s talk!
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