Social isolation is an easily modifiable risk factor: It could decrease risk of death
Increased risk of death associated with social isolation - short science news and articles

Researchers have reported that there is an increased risk of death, cancer and heart disease due to social isolation. This is true irrespective of gender or race for the 580,182 adults enrolled in this study.

However, there was an increased risk of death in socially isolated white men and women due to cancer. Social isolation is associated with hypertension, inflammation, smoking, decreased physical activity and other health risks.

Being married, regularly attending religious services or other group activities decreased the mortality risk over 30 years. This is important because if future studies indicate a reversal of these risks by addressing the problem of social isolation, it would be an easily modifiable risk factor.

Read the full story: Neuroscience news
Scientific publication: American Journal of Epidemiology

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