Can Loneliness Kill You?

We all feel lonely sometimes, but are the effects serious?
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References/Further Reading:
research.vu.nl/ws/portalfiles/portal/2080758 Genetic and Environmental Contributions to Loneliness in Adults: The Netherlands Twin Register Study
www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0277953612000275 Loneliness, health, and mortality in old age: A national longitudinal study
heart.bmj.com/content/102/13/1009 Loneliness and social isolation as risk factors for coronary heart disease and stroke: systematic review and meta-analysis of longitudinal observational studies
journals.plos.org/plosmedicine/article?id=10.1371/journal.pmed.1000316 Social Relationships and Mortality Risk: A Meta-analytic Review
www.psychologicalscience.org/news/releases/being-ignored-hurts-even-by-a-stranger.html Being Ignored Hurts, Even by a Stranger
keelyamuscatell.files.wordpress.com/2015/10/inagaki_muscatell_in-press.pdf Yearning for connection? Loneliness is associated with increased ventral striatum activity to close others
genomebiology.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/gb-2007-8-9-r189 Social regulation of gene expression in human leukocytes
www.theglobeandmail.com/life/health-and-fitness/health/why-is-loneliness-so-toxic/article37734381/ Why is loneliness so toxic? Scientists are exploring what it does to the human body
www.apa.org/pubs/journals/releases/hea-hea0000467.pdf Loneliness Predicts Self-Reported Cold Symptoms After a Viral Challenge
www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/04/120402162546.htm How stress influences disease: Study reveals inflammation as the culprit
www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2841363/ Loneliness and Cortisol: Momentary, Day-to-day, and Trait Associations
www.mentalhealth.org.uk/publications/the-lonely-society The Lonely Society
guilfordjournals.com/doi/abs/10.1521/suli.31.1.32.21312 Loneliness in Relation to Suicide Ideation and Parasuicide: A Population-Wide Study
www.newyorker.com/culture/cultural-comment/suicide-crime-loneliness Suicide, a Crime of Loneliness
assets.aarp.org/rgcenter/general/loneliness_2010.pdf Lonliness among Older Adults
jnnp.bmj.com/content/early/2012/11/06/jnnp-2012-302755 Feelings of loneliness, but not social isolation, predict dementia onset: results from the Amsterdam Study of the Elderly (AMSTEL)
www.theguardian.com/science/2018/apr/24/loneliness-linked-to-major-life-setbacks-for-millennials-study-says Loneliness linked to major life setbacks for millennials, study say