The latest research study shows an interesting relationship between social loneliness and the development of type 2 diabetes and pre-diabetes. The research suggests that having poor friends’ network could possibly make us prone to the illness.
Researchers explain the risk related to type 2 diabetes developments can be reduced by joining social groups and clubs.
In case of Type 2 diabetes, the patient’s body does not use insulin properly that is called insulin resistance which can develop at any age and slowly progress.
Though we know about different genetic and lifestyle factors which can increase the risk of its start but the accurate mechanisms are still unsure.
Researchers at Maastricht University Medical Centre in the Netherlands carried out an investigation in which they analyzed data of 2861 men and women aged 40 to 75 years to determine exactly what features of isolation might be linked with type 2 diabetes.
The team found that having a smaller network was highly associated with a new or previous diagnosis of type 2 diabetes among both men and women.
High-risk groups for type 2 diabetes should broaden their network and should be encouraged to make new friends, as well as become members of a club, such as a volunteer organization, sports club, or discussion group,” suggests, Miranda Schram, a researcher at Maastricht University diabetes researcher.
In addition, diabetes risk can be identified using the social network size and participation in social activities. Healthcare is a two-way street so we can save lonely neighbors’ health.