How Loneliness is Damaging Our Health

Loneliness was a common result of the COVID-19 pandemic as people had to stay secluded to prevent the transmission of the deadly virus.

But experts say that America was suffering from a loneliness epidemic long before COVID-19 nudged us even further into isolation.

Neuroscientists explain that our brains interpret loneliness as a threat.

When the brain perceives danger, it unleashes defense mechanisms such as hormones that trigger the “fight or flight” response.

these responses send blood sugar and blood pressure levels soaring, and heart rates rise to provide extra energy needed for battle against the stressor, in this case, loneliness.

at the same time our bodies also manufacture extra inflammatory cells to repair tissue damage and prevent infection, but produce fewer antibodies to fight viruses.

loneliness was a public health concern and was a root cause of many of the epidemics sweeping the world today, ranging from alcohol and drug addiction to violence, depression, and anxiety.

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