Living alone may have plenty of perks, however, when it comes to your long term health, it could spell disaster. Your mental health could be in jeopardy if you live alone says a new study published in the journal PLOS ONE which has established a positive association between living alone and common mental disorder. It was found that living alone increased a person’s risk for common mental disorder by 1.39 to 2.43 times. It’s not just loneliness that afflicts those living alone. Here are some reasons that could make you reconsider your choice of living alone:
Unhealthy eating: Living alone increases your chances of eating unhealthy food devoid of nutrients. A study published in the journal Nutrition Reviews noted that usually people who live alone lack cooking skills and don’t go grocery shopping. Men who live alone are affected more by this than women. Living alone could cause loneliness which could further increase the risk of eating junk.
Depression: If you live alone you are twice as likely to have depression and 80 per cent more likely to be taking anti-depressants according to a survey conducted on Finnish people. Living alone can increase feelings of alienation from society and lack of trust which could cause depression.
Unhealthy heart conditions: Those who live alone and have heart conditions like atherosclerosis have a higher rate of death over four years compared to those who did not live alone. Living alone could be stressful because of social isolation which can influence biological effects on the cardiovascular system according to Jacob Udell, cardiologist at Brigham.
Early death: Men who live alone are more likely to die prematurely because they tend to lead less healthy lives, skip medication and wait longer before seeking medical help. A study on ischemic stroke patients found that 36 per cent of patients who were living alone died within 12 years after stroke. People who live alone have no or a poor support system and hence find it difficult to get help especially in the case of medical or other emergencies.