January 25, 2013

Especially on Immune Systems

1 Why Loneliness Is Unhealthy: It’s Stressful

Previous studies have shown that warm and close relationships contribute significantly to good health, while feeling lonely or socially isolated is associated with poor health and chronic disease. Now, researchers at Ohio State University have identified the link between loneliness and illness: the immune system. Specifically, they found that lonely people have more active viruses in their systems than the socially connected, and are more likely to produce inflammatory compounds that have been linked to serious chronic illnesses, two conditions that clearly indicate a compromised immune system. Since it is well established that ongoing, long-term stress produces the same inflammation and immune disruption, the researchers believe that loneliness is itself a form of chronic stress.

More at Livescience.com | Posted 5 years ago by Robert S. Wieder

Previously: Meditation Can Reduce Loneliness in Elderly

Tags: Loneliness, Loneliness and Illness, Loneliness and Chronic Disease, How Being Alone Can Be Unhealthy, Loneliness and the Immune System

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But Only When There’s Trust

2 Hugging Is Good for Your Health

Hugging a loved one is good for you. It releases the hormone oxytocin into the blood stream which lowers blood pressure, reduces stress and may improve memory say researchers at the University of Vienna. Oxytocin is released during childbirth and breastfeeding and increases the maternal bond with the baby. Increased levels of the hormone are also found in functional couples. But, warn researchers, hugging someone you don’t know well or for whom you don’t have an affinity, may have the opposite effect, resulting in stress and discomfort. Oxytocin is not released when we’re hugged by someone we don’t know or trust and, in fact, violates “our normal-distance keeping behavior” and “is then generally perceived as disconcerting or even as threatening,” say researchers.

More at DailyMail.co.uk | Posted 5 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Hug a Tree for Stress Relief

Tags: Breastfeeding, Hormones, Oxytocin, Hugging, Affection, Trust, Hugging and Blood Pressure, Hugging and Memory, Feel Good Hormone

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