People with Strong Social Relations Have Lower Risk of Type 2 Diabetes

A new study from the Netherlands finds that socially isolated people are at greater risk to develop type 2 diabetes. Therefore, social relations might help prevent diabetes.social relations

For their study, a team of researchers from Maastricht University Medical Centre analyzed medical data from 2,861 adults aged from 40 to 75 years. They were participants in The Maastricht Study for genetic and environmental risk factors of developing type 2 diabetes. The scientists found that the participants who did not join in with club activities or associate with any social groups were 60% more likely to have prediabetes.

Lead study author Stephanie Brinkhues says: “We are the first to determine the association of a broad range of social network characteristics – such as social support, network size, or type of relationships – with different stages of type 2 diabetes. Our findings support the idea that resolving social isolation may help prevent the development of type 2 diabetes.”

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