People can be lonely even if they’re married or have a ton of friends — and the ones we worry about probably aren’t those most at risk

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Old people are more likely to be alone, but that doesn’t mean they are the most lonely. Research shows loneliness is greatest among teenagers and young adults. Loneliness at any age can affect our mental and physical health.

Older people are often thought of as being lonely. Maybe their partner has passed away and they live alone, and their age means they can’t get around like they used to.

Research has shown how loneliness is bad for our health. For example, one study looked at how being lonely can increase the levels of stress hormones in our bodies, which have been linked to heart disease, diabetes, and dementia. Another showed how lonely people have a 50% increased risk of early death.See the rest of the story at Business Insider

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