Chronic loneliness can cause a range of diseases and affect overall lifespan. About it tell results of research of American scientists.
In the last part of their work they found that loneliness provokes changes in the body at the genetic level. Previously it was thought that the absence of human trust relationships with loved ones only affects psychological status. This writes the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
The risk of early death in chronic loneliness, according to the study, increased by 14%. Stress inhibits the formation of blood and reduces the number of white blood cells, the cells needed to maintain immunity. As a result, the body cannot protect itself from infections and the person has all the chances to catch a viral or bacterial disease.