The quality of one’s marriage and one’s overall health might have a connection to a man’s possibility of getting diabetes based on a new study.
The study from Michigan State University states that men in unhappy marriages are less likely to get diabetes, and if they do get it, it will happen later in life when they can better manage it.
The prevalence of diabetes is much higher among older Americans out of 29.1 million Americans in 2012 who have diabetes, specifically 25.9 percent of adults aged 65 years or older, according to Starts at 60.
The study, which was published in the “Journals of Gerontology: Social Sciences,” examined the connection through a survey, wherein respondents were asked how their relationships are with their partners, their behavior and attitude towards them, intimacy and sexual contact.
A total 1,228 married men and women aged 57-85 took part in the survey’s first round conducted in 2005 to 2006. During the survey’s second round (2010 to 2011), 389 among the respondents were reported to have diabetes.
Once the participants’ diabetes information and survey results were compared, it was discovered that men had lower risk of diabetes because of the negative marital quality.
The explanation is that a wife constantly nagging her husband might boost his health because diabetes is a condition that needs to be monitored constantly and carefully.
Women, on the other hand, are more likely to have less risk of diabetes because of positive marital quality, according to Medial News Today.
The new discovery about diabetes is not the first for this year. Two months ago, scientists revealed that a combined vaccine treatment with live Salmonella stops diabetes.
That same month, it was also discovered that the risk of getting Type 2 diabetes in people with metabolic risk factors will increase if they suffer from depression.