London: Elderly people who are isolated and do not see friends or family regularly are at an increased risk of mortality, a new study has warned. British researchers found that social isolation could dramatically increase the risk of mortality in both men and women, even after underlying health problems are taken into account. Researchers studied lifestyles of 6,500 people aged 52 and over, who were followed over a seven-year period up until March last year. The study concluded that simply enabling people to get out and about more often would not only make feel them less lonely but actively increase their life expectancy, The Telegraph reported. Previous studies have shown higher instances of conditions such as heart disease and dementia among those who live in isolation.
Conflict between parents affect babies` brain functioning
New study sheds light on early language development among infants