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Lonely hearts can lead to heart problems, cancer, nerve damage

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WATERLOO (KWWL) -- Being the owner of a lonely heart could have long-term consequences.

A study by researchers at UCLA looked at the genes of nearly 100 adults.

They were able to identify genes that were over-expressed in people who were chronically lonely.

When this happens the body triggers an inflammatory response, which over the long-term contributes to cardiovascular disease, cancer and nerve damage.

Experts say this study shows social activities, or a lack of them, can have an impact on overall health.

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