Can Loneliness Kill You?

We all feel lonely sometimes, but are the effects serious?
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References/Further Reading: Genetic and Environmental Contributions to Loneliness in Adults: The Netherlands Twin Register Study Loneliness, health, and mortality in old age: A national longitudinal study Loneliness and social isolation as risk factors for coronary heart disease and stroke: systematic review and meta-analysis of longitudinal observational studies Social Relationships and Mortality Risk: A Meta-analytic Review Being Ignored Hurts, Even by a Stranger Yearning for connection? Loneliness is associated with increased ventral striatum activity to close others Social regulation of gene expression in human leukocytes Why is loneliness so toxic? Scientists are exploring what it does to the human body Loneliness Predicts Self-Reported Cold Symptoms After a Viral Challenge How stress influences disease: Study reveals inflammation as the culprit Loneliness and Cortisol: Momentary, Day-to-day, and Trait Associations The Lonely Society Loneliness in Relation to Suicide Ideation and Parasuicide: A Population-Wide Study Suicide, a Crime of Loneliness Lonliness among Older Adults Feelings of loneliness, but not social isolation, predict dementia onset: results from the Amsterdam Study of the Elderly (AMSTEL) Loneliness linked to major life setbacks for millennials, study say