Loneliness promotes inflamation

7 Sep

A study, published in the journal Psychological Science, finds evidence that acute stress and loneliness are sources of inflammation.

Social isolation has been shown to be a risk factor for dementia. It is usually assumed that this is because isolation provides less cognitive engagement than social interaction. This study suggests that loneliness itself may be a risk factor for inflammation. Inflammation has been implicated as a possible cause of dementia.

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