“Loneliness has been linked to an increased risk of cardiovascular disease and stroke and the progression of Alzheimer’s. One study found that it can be as much of a long-term risk factor as smoking.”
This one’s going to make you want to reach out to that friend you haven’t talked to in a while and reconnect.
A Boston Globe columnist explores how common it’s become for middle-aged men to lose touch with their friends and the risks that isolation and loneliness can cause for them.
Turns out it can even increase your chances of a premature death by as much as 32 percent.