Study: Feeling Lonely Increase Risk of Alzheimer’s
“… It is related to feelings of loneliness, not solitude. Someone can feel lonely even though surrounded by many friends.”
A recent study stated that people who feel lonely have an increased risk of Alzheimer’s disease are two times higher.
This is even true of the people who have a lot of friends.
Previous research also shows that people who are socially isolated or do not have a lot of friends have a higher risk of suffering from dementia. The study, by researchers in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, involving 2,000 patients elderly (seniors).
Among those who lived alone, nearly one in 10 people suffer from dementia after three years, compared with only one in 20 people living with lots of people.
However, the study also noted that people who feel lonely have an increased risk of dementia doubled, which is 13.4 percent compared to 5.7 percent in patients treated loneliness.
“This research shows that loneliness has a share in the risk of dementia in later life,” the study said. “Interestingly, this is related to feelings of loneliness, not solitude. Someone can feel lonely even though surrounded by their friends.”
The good news, the disease can still be prevented. Jessica Smith of the Alzheimer’s Society said that the risk of Alzheimer’s can still be reduced by physical exercise, eating a nutritious diet, and not smoking.
Ward off loneliness and often build relationships with other people psychologically can also be done to avoid the high risk of Alzheimer’s disease that attacks the brain.