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May 28, 2018
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Prolonged social isolation can lead to health problems

ISLAMABAD: A strong social network is crucial for mental as well as physical well-being, finds a study, suggesting that isolation can lead to health problems, especially for those who move places for better career opportunities.

Researchers from Concordia University found that immigrants who were able to form friendships and get involved in new social networks during their first five months in Canada had increases in heart rate variability.

While those who remained socially isolated over time showed a decrease, Science Daily reported.

“The study shows that such prolonged social isolation can have a negative effect on physical health.

That applies not just to international students but to anyone moving to a new country or city or anyone experiencing major social changes,” explained Jean-Philip pe Gouin, a Concordia psychology professor.

“The more quickly you manage to integrate socially in your new home, the healthier you will be.

It is easier said than done, but it is worth it,” Gouin concluded.

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