Social Isolation is Not Only Bad For Mental Health, But Also Bone Health
Isolation harms mental and bone health. Mental health is understood, yet social isolation influences bone health. Social isolation affects both?
Mental Health: Social isolation lacks meaningful relationships. Loneliness, sadness, and depression can result from social isolation.
Negative emotions undermine mental wellness. Isolation can cause depression and anxiety. Isolation can induce dementia and cognitive decline.
Social isolation affects bone health, according to new research.
Nutrition, exercise, hormone balance, and mental health affect bone health.
Less Exercise: Social isolation may cause inactivity. Bone health requires walking, running, and weightlifting. Osteoporosis risk rises with inactivity.
Altered Hormonal Balance: Stress and social isolation can alter hormone balance, including cortisol, which accelerates bone breakdown. Cortisol reduces bone density and formation.
Poor Nutrition: Social isolation can lead to decreased food intake, unhealthy food choices, and inconsistent eating patterns. Insufficient calcium and vitamin D weaken bones and increase fracture risk.
Limited Sun Exposure: Calcium absorption and bone health require vitamin D.
Isolated people spend less time outside and get less sunlight, reducing vitamin D levels. Vitamin D insufficiency causes osteomalacia.
Isolation harms mental and bone health. Socializing and eating healthy lessen these effects. Sunlight, a balanced diet, exercise, and social support boost mental and bone health.