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Feeling Lonely? It May Be Hurting Your Health

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Loneliness is no fun, but a new study shows it could be bad for your health. The European Society of Cardiology addressed loneliness and cardiovascular disease during its most recent annual nursing congress. They pointed to a study that links loneliness to poor heart health across all participants, regardless of other contributing factors.

Experts point out that feeling lonely was the determining condition, not living alone. Researchers reviewed data from 13,463 people who had been treated for various heart issues. The data combined information gathered from questionnaire answers and national registers and included information on whether patients smoked or had social support. To distinguish between those who simply live alone and those who regularly experienced loneliness, questions included, “Do you have someone to talk to when you need it?” and “Do you feel alone sometimes even though you want to be with someone?”

Regardless of a patient’s heart history and unhealthy activities, the study found that those who reported loneliness showed double the risk for mortality for women and almost double the risk for men. Additionally, those who reported loneliness were much more likely to report conditions such as anxiety and depression.

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Stephanie Faris

Stephanie is a freelance writer and novelist whose work has appeared on NYPost.com, PSMag.com, the Intuit Small Business Blog, and many others. She is the Simon & Schuster author of 8 children's books, including the Piper Morgan chapter book series, 25 Roses, and 30 Days of No Gossip.

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