More social networks can help to reduce diabetes risk: new study says

Many researchers have been proved that staying lonely or isolated for a longer time can bring physical and mental health and in case chronically ill and elderly people this rate is very high. Now, a new study informed that socially isolated people have more chances to affected by diabetes that the people are staying with family and surrounded by friends. If diabetes affected peoples have large social networks like family and friends, then it can influence some activities of the patients like their eating habit, total time they spend in exercise, and how well they keep the disease in check. The new study was published by the researchers in the journal in BMC Public Health.

To know how social networks can play an important role to control a diesis, the researcher’s team conducted a study on 2,861 adults from 40 to 75 and were 60 years old on average. Among them, half of the people had normal blood sugar, and they had never been diagnosed with diabetes. On the other side, around 15 per cent of them had slight blood sugar the stage knows as pre-diabetes, 4 per cent of them were newly diagnosed with diabetes, and 24 percent of them had the disease.

What they found was very interesting. They found people with no diabetes sign had total 11 friends and family members and had a strong social network. In case of those who newly or previously diagnosed diabetes, they had only 8 friends and family.

Stephanie Brinkhues, lead study author and a researcher at Maastricht University in the Netherlands, stated that for now high-risk groups have been advised to become more physically active and eat healthier without any inquiries about their social situation.

At the end of the study, they found that living alone didn’t influence the ratio of diabetes for women. But somehow it had influenced the ratio of diabetes for men, i.e., 84 percent higher odds of new diabetes patients and 94 percent higher odds of previous diabetes patients.

Dr. Carla Perissinotto, a geriatrics researcher at the University of California, San Francisco said that the study adds to the evidence linking social isolation to diabetes and other chronic illnesses that can impact both qualities of life and longevity. Perissinotto further stated that isolation from social media is not the reason for diabetes but it somehow linked with it.

Dawn C. Carr, a researcher at Florida State University in Tallahassee who was not in the team of the researchers said that the new study shows about the importance of active social life in middle age and older people. Carr further added that large social network, close relationship with family and friends motivate a person to maintain social networks, physically active and it can also improve their lifestyle.

People who live alone may get less motivational factors to maintain a healthy diet, socializing with others and they will not even like to go for exercise.  So the new study will aware those who stay isolated from all these good factors.


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