People who are lonely are more likely to die early

Loneliness is bad for the heart and puts you at twice the risk of an early death, says a new study. This is true for men as well as women.

Experts say that loneliness is more common today than ever before. Earlier studies have shown that loneliness and social isolation are linked with coronary heart disease and stroke.

Feeling lonely was associated with poor outcomes in all patients regardless of their type of heart disease. This is even after adjusting for age, level of education, other diseases, body mass index, smoking, and alcohol intake.

Both men and women who felt lonely are three times more likely to report symptoms of anxiety and depression. They also experience a significantly lower quality of life than those who did not feel lonely.

People with poor social support may have worse health outcomes because they have unhealthier lifestyles, are less likely to follow with treatment, and are more affected by stressful events.

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