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Loneliness 'could lead to dementia'

Loneliness 'could lead to dementia'
17th February 2009

A person living alone could be more susceptible to developing a certain strain of dementia linked to Alzheimer's disease, it has been revealed.

Professor John Cacioppo, a representative of the University of Chicago at the American Association for the Advancement of Science annual conference, told delegates that loneliness not only changes a person's behaviour but also contributes to a greater resistance to blood flow through the cardiovascular system.

"The lonely have poor health," he said, highlighting the fact they may eat more calories, exercise less and indulge in more sugars and fats as part of their overall diet.

He continued: "Loneliness lowers the ability to control yourself. It is really easy after a bad day to have a second scotch and a third to get some comfort."

The National Dementia Strategy aims to wipe out the problems associated with dementia across the country, with the government targeting local areas through the improvement of regional services, among other regulations.

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