Scientists have found that social isolation and loneliness increase the risk of heart attacks, angina pectoris and death from heart disease by 29%, and the risk of stroke - by 32% for men and women.
These data were obtained from a study of more than 180 thousand people over 18 years of age. Scientists have combined 23 different scientific works on psychology and cardiology. At the same time, medical indicators and predisposition to heart attacks were taken into account.
In the zone of greatest risk were people with the least number of friends and relatives, or those who had little contact with them. Scientists note that the effect of loneliness on health is comparable to how high cholesterol, high blood pressure and even smoking affect the body.
Most likely the reason is that lonely people tend to drink more, smoke more and exercise less. And if there are problems with the heart, then friends and relatives can encourage a person to take care of themselves, and lonely people often do not even have the motivation to do so.
In addition, it affects the health and psychological awareness of his loneliness, stress and depression. Close relationships with loving people, on the contrary, provoke the production of happiness hormones, which improve the general condition.