Diabetes risk twice as high for those who feel lonely: study – CTV

Sept. 29, 2022

People who feel lonely are twice as likely to develop Type 2 diabetes, according to a new Norwegian study that analyzed data collected from more than 24,000 people over more than 20 years.

Diabetes has become one of the top 10 causes of death around the world, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), with the number of people diagnosed with the disease increasing significantly over the past 20 years. The WHO reported a 70 per cent increase since 2000, and said the disease was also behind the largest rise in male deaths among the top 10 global health-related causes of death.

The latest peer-reviewed study, published in Diabetologia, the journal of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes, builds on recent research that suggests feelings of loneliness and psychological stress may be a risk factor for Type 2 diabetes. It is one of the first population-based studies to analyze this association, however.

Read more: https://www.ctvnews.ca/health/diabetes-risk-twice-as-high-for-those-who-feel-lonely-study-1.6089595

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