There are many physical strategies you can undertake to increase your longevity, but according to a recent study from Brigham Young University, one of the best moves you can make to extend your lifespan may be an active social calendar. The study found that loneliness and living alone may be just as harmful as obesity to the length of a person's life.
The researchers analyzed data from 35 years' worth of studies on the intersections of loneliness, social isolation and health. They expected to find some connection between loneliness and lifespan, but what they found shocked even them.
According to data from nearly 3 million people across studies, loneliness increases the risk of premature death by 26 percent and social isolation increases it by 29 percent. Living alone increased the risk of premature death by a startling 32 percent. This is equivalent to the health risks associated with obesity, smoking 15 cigarettes per day and alcoholism.
The researchers emphasized that this is a serious cause for concern, since living alone is more common now than it has been at any time in the country's past. In fact, Census Bureau data shows that 27 percent of households in the U.S. contain just a single person, as compared to 17 percent of households in 1970.
"Not only are we at the highest recorded rate of living alone across the entire century, but we're at the highest recorded rates ever on the planet," Tim Smith, the study's co-author, said in a statement.
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