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Dementia aside, significant research has shown that having a supportive social network is linked with positive health outcomes, both psychological and physical while lacking such support can be harmful. Previous studies have also suggested that loneliness itself can kill people, generally by raising blood pressure and increasing the risk for stroke or heart disease. One study followed nearly 45,000 people ages 45 and up who had heart disease or a high risk of developing the condition. Those who lived alone, the study found, were more likely to die from heart attacks

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