Faith Affects Coping With Diabetes
Your faith can affect your ability to cope with diabetes, according to a study. Researchers surveyed 87 married couples of various religions in which one spouse had type 2 diabetes and the other didn’t. Glucose control for the spouse with diabetes was better when the partners shared activities such as planning healthful meals or exercising together. But that kind of activity-sharing was less common when the spouse with diabetes engaged in negative religious coping, such as believing his or her diabetes signaled abandonment by God. If that sounds like your spouse, take heart: Couples shared more of those health-promoting activities when the partner without diabetes engaged in positive religious coping, such as viewing God as a partner in controlling diabetes stress.
Source: Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, published online June 7, 2017