Chronic loneliness could shorten life expectancy, researchers say

Researchers in Michigan found consistent feelings of loneliness were present in about 1/3 of people age 50-80.
0:59 | 03/19/19

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Have you ever felt lonely well you're not alone. Researchers in Michigan found consistent feelings of loneliness were present in about 13 of people aged fifty to eighty. Factors that appear to contribute to these feelings included being a female living alone and earning less than 60000 dollars on the other hand researchers found people who reported having a healthy diet and getting regular exercise were less likely to feel isolated. These findings shed light on a problem that may possibly affect millions of a men ticket. And it could be harming their health in the long run. Researchers say chronic loneliness may shorten life expectancy. And doctors are now strongly encouraging meaningful social connections such as volunteering bore participating in community groups. The first step to being less lonely may be as simple as leaving the house and making connections. With this medical minute I'm Stephanie obamas ABC news.

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