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Diabetes Diagnosis Often Leads to Healthier Partners

By Miriam E. Tucker , ,

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A diagnosis of diabetes in one member of a couple might make his or her partner healthier. That’s what researchers found when they compared health plan records for 150,755 couples without diabetes and records for 30,155 couples in which one partner was newly diagnosed with diabetes during a span of four years. The partners of people with diabetes were significantly more likely to adopt get-healthy habits than partners of those without diabetes. Those habits included participating in weight-management health education classes and losing weight; using medications to help them quit smoking; having their glucose, cholesterol, and blood pressure levels tested; and receiving flu shots. How has a diabetes diagnosis affected your family?
Source: Annals of Family Medicine, published online July 10, 2018