Being a loner increases your chances of acquiring diabetes

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People, who don’t like to hang out with some else or those who are a loner are more than likely to develop diabetes, a recent study suggests.

Loneliness has been the source of many problems that are linked to a wide variety of physical and mental health problems, particularly among chronically ill and elderly people. With diabetes in particular, close friends and family can influence how patients eat, how much they exercise, and how well they keep the disease in check.

Study says relationships can influence how a person ends up acquiring diabetes.  Researchers gather the data from 2,861 adults who ranged in age from 40 to 75 and were 60 years old on average.

More than half of these people had normal blood sugar and no diagnosis of diabetes. But 430 people, or 15 percent, had slightly elevated blood sugar classified as “pre-diabetes,” while about 4 percent were newly diagnosed with diabetes when they joined the study and 24 percent already had the disease.

According to the study, people without diabetes has an average of 11 friends, who are very close to the patient.  Compare this to the fewer than 8 friends for people with newly or previously diagnosed diabetes and you’ll see the difference, researchers report in BMC Public Health.

“Currently, high-risk groups receive advice to become more physically active and eat healthier without any inquiries about their social situation,” said lead study author Stephanie Brinkhues, a researcher at Maastricht University in the Netherlands.

“We think that this could be improved . . . as socially isolated people may even have a higher risk for disease,” Brinkhues said by email.

If you don’t have a friend or close family member within walking distance then the odds of you developing diabetes will increase to 21 percent for women.

Every 10 percent increase in the proportion of the social network made of household members, meanwhile, was associated with 25 percent higher odds of a new diabetes diagnosis in women and 29 percent higher odds for men.

Though, living alone isn’t a problem for most women, which is not the case with men as living alone was associated with 84 percent higher odds of a new diabetes diagnosis and 94 percent higher odds of a previous diagnosis.

The study adds to the evidence linking social isolation to diabetes and other chronic illnesses that can impact both quality of life and longevity, said Dr. Carla Perissinotto, a geriatrics researcher at the University of California, San Francisco.

“Social isolation doesn’t cause diabetes, but there is a relationship,” Perissinotto, who wasn’t involved in the study, said by email.

If you don’t like hanging out with friends or family member then you need to change now or suffer diabetes.  If you like to be sure if you got some diabetes since here are some of the symptoms that might prove that you have diabetes.

Symptoms of Diabetes:

  • Urinating more often than usual, particularly at night
  • Feeling very thirsty
  • Feeling very tired
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Itching around the penis or vagina, or frequent episodes of thrush
  • Cuts or wounds that heal slowly
  • Blurred vision – caused by the lens of the eye becoming dry

Source: Express UK, NewsMax