How Loneliness Affects Human Health?

When you think about heart attacks and clogged arteries, you immediately draw a direct line to factors such as smoking and obesity. And you would be right. Your chances of suffering these ailments tend to increase if you smoke and eat poorly. 

However, new research has emerged, suggesting that loneliness can impact one’s overall health, equally capable of eliciting problems like high blood pressure and heart attacks. In fact, researchers believe that social isolation increases the chances of an individual dying at a young age.

This research was carried out in Europe, the United States, Japan and Australia. The participants were questioned extensively about their social situation, about how frequently they saw their friends determining their state of loneliness.Loneliness

Additionally, it was determined that sick individuals that were isolated were also less likely to recover, this raising the issue of social relationships and interactions as essential components of human health.

According to researchers, loneliness on its own doesn’t impact human health. It is rather the manner in which individuals deal with the loneliness that complicates the situation. According to these studies lonely individuals are more likely to undertake unhealthy activities such as smoking, drinking, and overeating.

People who spend a lot of time on their own not only sleep more than might be healthy but they are also less likely to exercise. Add the stress that results from isolation and one can see why the risk of ailments such as high blood pressure and heart disease tends to spike among the lonely.

According to Julianne Holt-Lunstad, an associate professor of psychology at Brigham Young University, isolation (even among those individuals that feel lonely without being necessarily alone) increases the risk of diseases like heart disease by almost 30%.

According to Julianne, research such as this, determining how loneliness and isolation can affect the human body and especially the heart, is essential because heart disease is one of the leading causes of death in Western Nations like the United States.

Julianne believes that building a knowledge base about this issue and determining the connection between cardiovascular health and social relationships might help the relevant medical authorities control deaths resulting from heart-related ailments.

It should be noted, though, that while loneliness can elicit ailments such as heart disease and stroke, the factor isn’t nearly as potent as habits such as smoking or poor dieting. The level of risk that social isolation poses tends to vary with each individual.