Lonely People Are More Likely to Develop Type 2 Diabetes

A recent study from Kings College London in the United Kingdom suggests that lonely older adults are at higher risk to develop type 2 diabetes regardless of other risk factors like smoking, alcohol consumption, and excess weight.Lonely People Are More Likely to Develop Type 2 Diabetes

For the study, a team of researchers analyzed data from more than 4,000 people aged 50 and over, taken from the data collected during the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing. Within the follow-up period of 12 years, 264 people developed type 2 diabetes. This makes approximately 6% of the sample.

Lead author of the study Dr. Ruth Hackett says: “The study also demonstrates a clear distinction between loneliness and social isolation, in that isolation or living alone does not predict type 2 diabetes, whereas loneliness, which is defined by a person’s quality of relationships, does.”

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