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Type 2 Risk Rises If Spouse Has Diabetes

Type 2 Risk Rises If Spouse Has Diabetes


Growing closer to your spouse is usually a good thing, but not when it means a greater risk for type 2 diabetes. A study found that when one spouse has type 2, the other is more likely to develop the disease. Researchers analyzed data from 75,000 couples who were mostly between 50 and 75 years old. They found that participants were 26 percent more likely to have type 2 diabetes if their spouse had diabetes, too. Shared behavior among couples may help create diabetes duos, as one partner steers the other toward unhealthy habits, such as eating junk food or getting no exercise. Acknowledging the spouse effect, the researchers say, may help couples make healthier choices together.
Source: BMC Medicine, Jan. 24, 2014