Two new studies show the effects that social isolation and loneliness can have on cardiovascular health and cognitive decline.
The two studies provided several compelling links between social engagement and mental or physiological health. Some of the findings include:
- Social isolation and loneliness are common but are under-recognized as contributing to cardiovascular and brain health.
- The lack of social connection is associated with an increased risk of premature death from all causes, especially among men.
- People who experience social isolation or loneliness are more likely to experience chronic stress and depression. Depression can also lead to social isolation.