2. Loneliness can kill you, just like smoking
An increased risk of cardiovascular disease and stroke and the progression of Alzheimer’s can result from spending too much time alone. One study found that loneliness carries the same long-term risk as smoking. The research gets even less rosy from there. In 2015, a study out of Brigham Young University found that those who fall into the categories of loneliness, isolation, or even living on their own see their risk of premature death rise 26-32%.
Researchers found that for many people, loneliness carries a stigma that can prevent them from getting care.
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