Geriatrician Thomas Cudjoe discusses the relationship between social isolation and inflammatory biomarkers. Findings from a large nationally represented study indicate that social isolation has biological influences and could lead to poor health outcomes.
My name is Thomas Kujoe. I'm an assistant professor of medicine at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in the division of Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology. At the recent Gerontological Society of America meeting, I presented getting under their skin inflammatory markers and its association with social isolation. In this work, we use the National Health and Aging Trend Study to identify the relationship between social isolation and inflammatory biomarkers. Specifically CRP and I'll six. In this large nationally representative study, we found that individuals who were severely socially isolated and socially isolated were associated with higher levels of I'll six and see AARP. Thes Findings are important because they indicate that social isolation is an important factor that has biological influences specifically increasing inflammatory markers. This indicates that social isolation potentially may lead to poor health outcomes. Mhm.