People who feel lonely have a greater risk of developing Alzheimer’s, according to a recent study by scientists at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

The study was carried on 79 healthy adults to find out whether cortical amyloid levels in the brain, which is a protein linked to the disease, could be the factor behind loneliness.

After factoring in things like gender, age, depression, genetics, socio-economic status, anxiety and the social networks of the participants, researchers found that those with preclinical Alzheimer disease were 7.5 times additionally likely to feel lonely when compared to people who did not show early signs of the disease, according to a report published in the Independent.

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