A study of older adults in the United Kingdom finds that people who are lonely are more likely to develop type 2 diabetes, independent of other risk factors such as smoking, alcohol consumption, and weight.
Loneliness, in which a person’s social needs are not met, may be on the rise. A recent report found that almost half of people in the United States sometimes or always feel alone.
This is one of the many unknown risks we are creating with digital devices …..loneliness, addiction, lack of sleep. Scary stuff….. sleep irregularity associated with a higher risk of heart disease, obesity, hypertension, fasting glucose and diabetes. https://t.co/t3PSOUyPtq
— John Schoonbee (@john_schoonbee) April 18, 2019
Loneliness is even more common among younger generations, with almost 80% of Gen Z and more than 70% of millennials experiencing this feeling.
Some believe that technology may play a part in feelings of loneliness among younger generations, with social media and other forms of online communication increasingly replacing genuine human connection.
Beyond the negative emotional impact of feeling isolated, loneliness is also a major risk to physical health. Research has associated loneliness with coronary heart disease and found that loneliness may be a greater threat to health than obesity.
Online Int’l News with additional input by GVS News Desk