Loneliness Kills The Man – Says the Oldest Man Who Died on 146 Years!
At the age of 146 in Indonesia died the oldest human on Earth. But not from Loneliness!
His name is With Sodimedjo’s or Mbah Ghoto’s (aka Grandpa Ghoto’s). Few questions are coming together with his death. One of them is the following: What he actually did for his health to live such an incredibly long life?
He did not live in a Blue Zone. He didn’t eat raw eggs or eat an abundance of sweet potatoes.
This man smoked a lot until the day he died, and did not seem to care much about a healthy lifestyle. But there is surely one thing that kept his longevity: a loving people around him and incredible community of people.
“I have a long life because I have people that love me and looking after me.”
There are in fact enough scientific evidences that shows us:
Loneliness is faster killer than fast food.
Living in a happy community means many more years to live. A person who lives in a community where is respected, accepted and loved but who drinks or smokes heavily, can outlive a person who is lonely and leading a cutting-edge healthy lifestyle. And there are many scientific studies that can prove this.
Loneliness is Nothing but Fast Way to Earlier Death
Researchers in the last few decades have started looking deeper and deeper into the real implications on physical health of a person who is lonely. We have concerning results. Social isolation increases the risk of an early death by 30-60%.
Scientists discovered that there is no real difference between feeling lonely and being lonely. Maybe one person is always with people but is still lonely because he or she is has the feeling of not acceptance. There is that feeling alone in a crowd. That same feeling carries the same risks as actually being alone.
“Perceived and Actual social isolation are connected to increased risk for early mortality.”
“This should become a public-health issue and we need to take seriously for our health,”.
In fact, there are 3 major implications of loneliness:
This means that loneliness leads to mental health issues like anxiety, depression and substance abuse. Unfortunately, it is the leading problem. But even conditions such as schizophrenia and dementia can be tightly inter-connected to loneliness.
Social isolation is also serious problem. If a person has a heart attack or an accident and there is no one to help, this circumstance lead to an early death. Alone person is also more likely to not take care of himself. That means not maintaining good hygiene, indulging bad habits, and taking little care of the health. On the other hand, being surrounded by people, helps with accountability.
Loneliness is physically detrimental to the body. Scientists are starting to understand this aspect. It can stress us out; it can negatively affect the immune system, the arteries, and the brain. This leads to memory problems, inflammation and an early death.
“Lonely people see the world as a threatening place. Their immune system chooses to focus on bacteria rather than viral threats. Without the antiviral protection and the antibodies produced against various diseases, the result means a person has less ability to fight different illnesses. Those who are socially isolated suffer from higher rates of cancer, higher all-cause mortality, infection and heart disease,” according to LiveScience.
Loneliness and Studies on its Physiological Impact
Physiological studies on loneliness are starting to show what we are constantly trying to ignore: loneliness kills. Humans are meant to live in communities. Being among people and friends is vital for our physical health as well.
One of the studies of John Cacippo, a social psychologist from the University of Chicago,has shown that the immune system suffers when a person is lonely or feels like that. A lonely personfeels unprotected, and the immune system activates a defense strategy to fight off this unknown threat. Constantly fighting a threat that is not going away lowers the ability of the immune system to fight actual threats such as cancers or viruses.
Loneliness also causes rising of the cortisol. It is a stress hormone that circulates in the body. Excess of this hormone can lead to stroke, heart attacks and body imbalances. These conditions are leading to poor health.
It is much harder to get out of the loneliness cycle once a person feels lonely. Lonely people react negatively to social situations.
How to Treat Loneliness and Contribute to a Happier Society
A 2010 meta-analysis study of loneliness intervention found two ways to treat loneliness. Number ONE is to teach people social skills. These skills will help them view the world from other perspective and more positively. Number TWO is to bring people together.
A happy person is likely to live with others, have close and meaningful friendships, as well as social interactions. Having a healthy romantic relationship is also very important. Scientists recommends hosting and attending family gatherings, staying in touch with former colleagues, and getting together with friends on regular basis.
Lonely people lack these factors in their lives. They are also more likely to have experienced loss, childhood trauma, or harsh parenting. These circumstances often lead to poor self-esteem, separation from others, and negative emotions such as guilt or anger.