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9 Ways to Fight Loneliness

US News & World Report - Health Logo By Ruben Castaneda of US News & World Report - Health | Slide 1 of 11: Loneliness provides lots of inspiration for songwriters, especially country music composers. Though it can be good song material, feeling lonely can be detrimental to your health, research shows. According to research by AARP, 35 percent of survey respondents age 45 and up were lonely. And additional research has tied loneliness to metabolic syndrome, an array of health conditions such as abdominal obesity, high blood pressure and insulin resistance; plus, it increases the risk of stroke, heart disease and Type 2 diabetes. Not to mention: “Feelings of loneliness and isolation are often underlying factors for chronic pain, substance abuse and depression,” says Dr. Jennifer Caudle, an assistant professor at Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine in Stratford, New Jersey. Here are nine strategies for combating loneliness:

Loneliness is good for songwriters but bad for your health.

Loneliness provides lots of inspiration for songwriters, especially country music composers. Though it can be good song material, feeling lonely can be detrimental to your health, research shows. According to research by AARP, 35 percent of survey respondents age 45 and up were lonely. And additional research has tied loneliness to metabolic syndrome, an array of health conditions such as abdominal obesity, high blood pressure and insulin resistance; plus, it increases the risk of stroke, heart disease and Type 2 diabetes. Not to mention: “Feelings of loneliness and isolation are often underlying factors for chronic pain, substance abuse and depression,” says Dr. Jennifer Caudle, an assistant professor at Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine in Stratford, New Jersey. Here are nine strategies for combating loneliness:

Corrected on June 15, 2017: A previous version of this slideshow misstated the number of states in which CareMore manages the needs of seniors.
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