"Even if they are unhappy." Married people are less likely to develop type II diabetes
A scientific study by researchers from Luxembourg and Canada, after analyzing information from a decade of research, revealed that married people are more likely to develop type II diabetes, regardless of whether they are happy in their marriage or otherwise. The researchers said this information was based on previous studies showing the benefits of marriage and the disadvantages of social isolation.
The researchers looked at 3335,50 undiagnosed adults between the ages of 89 and 2004 between 2013 and <>. The researchers said they discovered that married people had healthier sugar levels than those living alone.
Lead researcher Dr. Katherine Ford, from the Department of Psychology at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada, told Healthline that the change in marital status was important for the change in the rate of hyperglycemia. "People who moved away from marriage had worse rates."
In addition, the shape of the relationship between spouses, whether they are at odds or on the same page, does not affect blood sugar levels. Simply put, living with a husband or wife is enough to show positive results in sugar levels, according to the researchers. Ford said she plans to do more research on the marital relationship and healthy behaviors among older adults to better understand them.
It is important to note that this study relied on self-reporting by the research participants, and cannot determine the cause of its results, so it is absolutely impossible to say with certainty that married couples cannot develop type II diabetes. However, findings about an increased risk of type II diabetes in those living in isolation suggest a link. According to the medical journal «Healthline».
Nurse Nancy Mitchell, a writer with decades of experience treating older people with type two diabetes, told Healthline that older people are at risk of suffering from depression. "Coexistence is a source of motivation for both partners. Love is a powerful stimulus even when one feels less interested in taking care of oneself but still seems motivated by caring for another. When it comes to maintaining health, this ultimately leads to mutual care between the couple.
For example, an older person may invite his or her wife to daily walks, which allows both to maintain regular activity." These psychological benefits of living with a spouse could have the effect of encouraging lifestyle choices, which may help people reduce their risk of conditions such as type two diabetes, experts say.
The experts behind the study said older adults who lost a partner were more likely to see higher levels of type two diabetes.