Unexpected but true: single people are twice as likely to get diabetes

According to a study conducted by Associate Professor Roger E. Henriksen with colleagues from

University of Applied Sciences Western Norway,feelings of loneliness significantly increase a person's risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Scientists have also found out whether insomnia and depression affect this. Discuss

Due to loneliness, the body goes into a statedistress. Moreover, this condition can be chronic and very long. It leads to the fact that the body begins to respond to stress physiologically. Scientists believe that this reaction plays a major role in the development of type 2 diabetes.

In a new study, experts examineddata from the HUNT study, which was conducted jointly by the HUNT Research Center (Norwegian University of Science and Technology), the Trøndelag County Council, the Regional Health Authority of Central Norway and the Norwegian Institute of Medicine.

In total, scientists selected 24,024 participants.Data about them were taken from the HUNT2 study (1995-1997). It turned out that for the entire period of the study (from 1995 to 2019), 1179 (4.9%) people developed type 2 diabetes. They were mostly men (59%) with an average age of 48 years. They were also more likely to be married (73%) and have the lowest level of education (35%).

According to the results of the study, it turned out that initiallyhigher levels of loneliness are closely associated with the development of later type 2 diabetes. Also, those participants who noted that they felt very lonely were twice as likely to develop type 2 diabetes than those who did not feel lonely. Moreover, this relationship did not change in any way even with insomnia, terminal insomnia or depression.

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