March 17, 2010
Loneliness Raises Blood Pressure?

Trying to live a long time but single and rarely socialize? Loneliness appears to raise blood pressure of those at least 50 years old.

Chronic feelings of loneliness take a toll on blood pressure over time, causing a marked increase after four years, according to a new study at the University of Chicago.

A new study shows, for the first time, a direct relation between loneliness and larger increases in blood pressure four years latera link that is independent of age and other factors that could cause blood pressure to rise, including body-mass index, smoking, alcohol use and demographic differences such as race and income.

The researchers also looked at the possibility that depression and stress might account for the increase but found that those factors did not fully explain the increase in blood pressure among lonely people 50 years and older.

"Loneliness behaved as though it is a unique health-risk factor in its own right," wrote researcher Louise Hawkley in an article, "Loneliness Predicts Increased Blood Pressure," published in the current issue of the journal Psychology and Aging.

Dogs would probably help. I've always found they have anti-stress effects. But if you need to talk out your thoughts then human company remains unmatched.

Since it is not clear to me when rejuvenation therapies will really kick in if you want to live until that day you've got to go for every advantage you can find. That includes managing your emotions and keeping down stress. Friends and lovers can help do that.

Share |      Randall Parker, 2010 March 17 08:38 PM  Aging Cardiovascular Studies

LoboSolo said at March 19, 2010 12:53 AM:

Don't confuse living alone with loneliness. I socialize quite a bit but find the refuge of peace and quiet in my home.

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