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Why Loneliness Is Bad for You

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Friendships have a lot going for them. A good pal is there when you need to blow off steam or share a secret. The right friend will even tell you when spinach is stuck in your teeth or that mustard yellow isn’t your best color.

But life happens, and schedules get busy. All too often your pals get pushed to the back burner.

Researchers at Brigham Young University have found that social isolation is linked to increased risk of a shortened lifespan.

To learn more, check out this article on Staying Sharp: 5 Smart Ways to Make and Keep New Friends.

After looking at data from 70 studies involving more than 3 million people, the scientists found that loneliness and social isolation increase the risk of premature death by 30 percent — a risk factor similar to obesity and smoking.

The findings hold true for those who prefer their solo time, as well as for those who feel alone in large crowds.

For more about why loneliness is detrimental for your brain and body, read Loneliness Is a Threat to Longevity, Even in People Who Like to Be Alone.

This content is provided for informational purposes only and is not intended to provide any expert, professional or specialty advice or recommendations. Readers are urged to consult with their medical providers for all questions.

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