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  • Loneliness isn’t just unpleasant. It can also be unhealthy. A new study out of WVU explores how loneliness may make it harder to keep chronic conditions, such as diabetes and hypertension, under control. Lead researcher Laurie Theeke found that middle-aged Appalachians who report being lonely tend to score low on an assessment of their self-management. Lower self-management scores correlate with poorer health outcomes.
    West Virginia University
    Loneliness isn’t just unpleasant. It can also be unhealthy. A new study out of WVU explores how loneliness may make it harder to keep chronic conditions, such as diabetes and hypertension, under control. Lead researcher Laurie Theeke found that middle-aged Appalachians who report being lonely tend to score low on an assessment of their self-management. Lower self-management scores correlate with poorer health outcomes.
  • WVU nursing professor Laurie Theeke makes loneliness the subject of her research. In a recent study, she found that lonely, middle-aged patients with chronic diseases scored worse than their socially engaged counterparts on a self-management assessment. Higher scores on the assessment are associated with better health outcomes.
    West Virginia University
    WVU nursing professor Laurie Theeke makes loneliness the subject of her research. In a recent study, she found that lonely, middle-aged patients with chronic diseases scored worse than their socially engaged counterparts on a self-management assessment. Higher scores on the assessment are associated with better health outcomes.
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