When it comes to our aging population, guess what has twice the impact on early death than obesity?
Researchers at the University of Chicago say loneliness is often a major risk factor in seniors, increasing the chance of an early death by 14%.
Feeling disconnected from others can disrupt sleep, elevate blood pressure and lead to depression.
But, researchers say we can avoid this by staying in touch with friends and co-workers and continuing to participate in family traditions as we age. And that we should put on our to-do list as often as we can, to call Memaw, or whoever it is in your family, who needs to feel connected.