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New suggests that loneliness and social may increase the of dying early by 50 per cent. The research is from Brigham Young University in the USA. Researchers tried to find out how affected the risk of death. They said loneliness can occur even if people are surrounded by and friends. Researchers also looked at the dangers to health of social isolation. This is when people have little or no with others. The research showed that the risk of premature death was 50 per cent for adults who mixed with friends and family. Researchers found that , social isolation, and living alone were all associated with an increased risk of early .

The researchers added that loneliness, social isolation, and living could be more dangerous than . Professor Julianne Holt-Lunstad said the results of her are worrying because the population is aging. She said: "Many around the world now suggest we are facing a 'loneliness '. The challenge we face now is what can be done about it." She suggested that one to help with this problem is to teach social skills to children in schools. She also said should talk more about loneliness to their . In addition, she said people should prepare for their age social life like they take out pensions to prepare for their financial .

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