Mar 26, 2013 12:31 PM by Michael Handler; KSBY News

Social isolation and loneliness can lower life expectancy

New research reveals social isolation and loneliness can actually shorten the lives of elderly people.

A British study looked at the social connections for more than 6,000 older men and women over an eight year period. Seniors who had little contact with their friends and relatives were more likely to die early, regardless of health or other factors.

Researchers aren't sure why isolation is a strong predictor of death, but say other studies have shown social contact is a vital aspect to health and happiness.



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