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Loneliness and Social Isolation as Risks Factors for Mortality

Loneliest people are 50 percent more likely to die under any circumstances, as lack of personal relationships affects their health in dissimilar ways, according to a research published on Plos Medicine.

This study found that there is an undeniable correlation between life expectancy and the quality of an individual's interpersonal relationships.

According to researchers, the psychologists at Bigham Young University in Utah, United States, the individual´s lack of social connection is closely linked to several conditions such as obesity, alcohol, physical inactivity or smoking.

Psychologists stressed that physicians, health professionals, educators and media must understand that social relationships bear on adults´ clinical outcomes.

'We hope that the social factor will be taken into consideration as seriously as other elements of risk that sponge the efforts of medical community,' researchers added. According to the UK Mental Health Foundation, about 10 percent of people have reported feeling alone.

Plus, averagely 33 percent of individuals is acquainted with others with such an affliction and half of them say that, in general, society increasingly isolates itself from others.

The problem is quite serious for young population, as people between 18 and 34 years old assert that they are feeling lonelier than those over 50.

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