Do you always feel lonely? A study has found that loneliness can weaken your immune system.
Researchers from the University of Chicago found that the feeling of loneliness was associated with a weaker immune system and increased inflammation in the body.
The researchers suggest that the effects of being lonely are felt not just in our heads but deep inside our bodies, at the level of our cells and DNA.
The researchers found that the physiological changes gotten from feeling lonely explains the link between social isolation and poor health. This includes an increased risk of early death among the chronically lonely.
The researchers made this discovery after analysing 141 adults as well as a group of highly social monkey.
The study was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.