Monday, April 03, 2006

Loneliness can kill you

You lonely birds out there take note. Make sure you ain't that lonely when you turn 50 because a new study finds out that men and women between the age of 50 and 68 years old who are also very lonely tend to have high blood pressure. From LiveScience.com:
Lonely people have blood pressure readings as much as 30 points higher than non-lonely people, said the study leaders Louise Hawkley and Christopher Masi. Blood pressure differences between lonely and non-lonely people were smallest at age 50 and greatest among the oldest people tested...

Also, loneliness does eat at you. The morbid health effect of loneliness accumulates gradually and faster as you get older, the study found. Loneliness was worse for blood pressure than any other psychological or social factor the researchers studied.

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