Loneliness 'as risky as diabetes'

LONELINESS threatens health as much as physical inactivity in adolescence or diabetes in old age, new research claims.

Lacking a network of friends or family can "vastly elevate" the risk of developing health conditions and can affect future physical wellbeing.

Scientists examined links between relationships and healthiness across each life stage, looking at a variety of factors including body-mass index (BMI).

They found that weak social relationships in younger years increase the risk of inflammation at the