“• Loneliness in older adults is associated with increased mortality and morbidity. One of the possible mechanisms is dysregulation of HPA-axis.
• In a group of 426 older adults, loneliness was associated with lower cortisol output after awakening and diminished dexamethasone suppression.
• There were no significant interaction terms for loneliness and depression diagnosis for the association with the cortisol measures.
• Whether loneliness in older adults leads to health problems via diminished cortisol output is an interesting subject for further study.”
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