Research Links Isolation To Poor Health

Feeling isolated can harm people’s health.

Madeline Gianforte, a Milwaukee resident, is teaching local residents about the benefits of alternative treatments. According to Third Coast Digest, Gianforte’s center CORE/El Centro not only offers affordable holistic treatments to low-income people, but also helps build relationships within the community.

Gianforte told the news provider that in her research she discovered that the sense of isolation can take away from people’s health.

In the article she says, “We recognized… that people who feel isolated were coming for the services, connecting with one another, and forming a sense of community. Then isolation began to melt away, and that’s when people began to feel better, start taking better care of themselves, and live healthier lives.”

A 2010 study conducted by Brigham Young University found that social isolation is as bad for a person’s health as smoking 15 cigarettes a day, or being an alcoholic.

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