Summary #1052

Prolonged loneliness linked to inflammation
  • Study provides the first step towards understanding how loneliness can affect our health.
  • Researchers found a link between loneliness and increased inflammation, but the causality is unclear.
  • Long-term lonely people have increased levels of C-reactive protein and fibrinogen, which are inflammatory chemicals.
  • When these chemicals are increased for a long period of time, it can lead to increased risk of poorer health over time.
  • With only a link found and causes unknown, this study is just the first step - finding the answers will require multidisciplinary studies looking at all aspects of wellbeing.


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