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Research Finds Loneliness is worse than 15 Cigarettes in a Day

Sometimes we ignore the very necessary organ of our body that is our Brain. Our mind can solve many health issues but on the other hand it can cause many diseases. 90% of our mental health is depended on our environment, our social circle and our relationships.

As someone said

“Health is not just about what are you eating but it is also about what are you thinking and saying.”                                                                                                                                                 — Anonymous

I always wonder why some people say if you want to torture someone on its extreme level you make him/her lonely. Take his/her social circle away from him/her or take those away whom they loved the most. 

Sharing, caring, loving is the real essence of life. If you don’t have anyone you are a really poor person in this world.


The following information is taken from Providr.

Loneliness and social isolation may pose a greater public hazard than people may realize. The American Psychological Association states that about 42.6 million adults who are over the age of 45 in the United States are estimated to be suffering from chronic loneliness after they conducted a loneliness study. In addition, another study has surfaced that suggests that being lonely is worse than smoking 15 cigarettes a day.

The study was conducted by researchers at Brigham Young University in 2015. In order to prove their hypothesis that being lonely is just as bad as smoking 15 cigarettes a day, the researchers analyzed data from different health studies. All the studies included more than 3 million participants that included data from social isolation, loneliness, and living alone.

The lead author of the study, Julianne Holt-Lunstad, explains that “the result of this study is comparable to obesity; something that public health takes very seriously.” She adds that people need to start taking social relationships more seriously. Hold-Lunstad adds that the results from her 2015 study are “Comparable to the risk of smoking up to 15 cigarettes a day. It exceeds the risk of alcohol consumption, it exceeds the risk of physical inactivity, obesity, and it exceeds the risk of air pollution.”

The study also found that increased social connection was linked to a 50% reduced risk of premature death. A 2016 Census found that one-person households accounted for more than 28% of all households. Since 2001, the number of couples that have children has been falling and only makeup 26.5% of all households, according to City News

The following information is taken from Very well Mind

Health Risks Associated With Loneliness

Loneliness has a wide range of negative effects on both physical and mental health, including:

    • Depression and suicide


    • Cardiovascular disease and stroke


    • Increased stress levels


    • Decreased memory and learning


    • Antisocial behavior


    • Poor decision-making


    • Alcoholism and drug abuse


    • The progression of Alzheimer’s disease


  • Altered brain function

These are not the only areas in which loneliness takes its toll.

“Lonely adults consume more alcohol and get less exercise than those who are not lonely. Their diet is higher in fat, their sleep is less efficient, and they report more daytime fatigue. Loneliness also disrupts the regulation of cellular processes deep within the body, predisposing us to premature ageing.” —Dr.


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