The Deadly Consequences of Loneliness

Loneliness is more than a feeling. It can be life-threatening.

Researchers in Chicago asked a collection of college students how frequently they say they feel lonely. Almost all of them responded “always.”

Dr. Iram Kazimi, associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral science with McGovern Medical School at UT Health, says loneliness is serious business.

It can increase risk for heart disease. It can trigger a decline in mental sharpness as you age.

University of Chicago Brain Dynamics Laboratory neurologist and lead researcher Stephanie Cacioppo says they are looking for medicinal remedies, and have been testing the natural human hormone pregnenolone to see if negative impacts can be modified.

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