Friday, November 11, 2016


Recent studies show that married couples are less likely to develop dementia or to be hospitalized with pneumonia and are more likely to survive cancer compared to unmarried adults. The marriage-health connection is different for husbands and wives, studies are now suggesting. Woman's health is only good if the marriage is good. For men, the quality of the marriage seems less important. Couples who have been married for decades not only look alike, they can become biologically similar as they age. Two recent studies found similarities in long-married couples, including depression, difficulty performing daily tasks, grip strength, cholestrol, and and kidney function. One research looked at more than 1,500 older married couples. Based on markers in blood tests, many of these couples were found to be in biological sync. 17,000 US couples married more than 40 years, were in a study that found couples begin to mirror each others' emotional and physical health as they grow older. This shows how interdependent physically and emotionally, long-married couples can become. If one of you is depressed, it could raise the others risk of chronic pain. While chronic pain is partly by a person's genetics, a study of more than 100,000 U.K. citizens found a partner's mental health can also play a role. Researchers have found that caring for a depressed spouse contributing to the mate's pain to be true. If you are a caregiver, a recent study found that a stroke had long-lasting effects. The mental and physical health of the caregiver spouse can be impacted not only during the first years but up to 7 years afterward, according to Swedish researchers. A recent University of Michigan study says having an optimist spouse is better for your health. Nearly 2,000 older couples were followed for four years in this study. When one partner had a positive outlook on life, these couples experienced fewer chronic illness, such as arthritis and diabetes, compared with couples where one of them were not optimistic. Also couples with an optimistic mate had better mobility and motor skills over time. If your mate has health challenges, those bad habits could undermine your health. Six international studies involving 75,000 couples were researched at Mc Gille University and discovered that the spouse's with type 2 diabetes had a 26% higher risk for prediabetes. This is possible of shared bad habits like not enough exercise and bad eating habits. Researchers say these results should encourage doctors who diagnose one spouse with diabetes to ask about the health habits of the other spouse. If your significant other exercises, this sets a good example by influencing you to follow. In a recent research, when the wife began to exercise more, her husband was 70% more likely to increase his activity. A wife is 40% more likely to join her husband if he starts to meet recommended exercise goals. If you diet with your sweetheart, it could derail your success. In a study of 50 overweight couples, those who dieted together had a rougher time of it. One partner's success could hurt the other mate's who then could be less successful at controlling food patterns. If you nag your husband, it may actually slow down the development of diabetes. Also, it may promote following doctor's orders in a husband. In a 2016 Michigan State University a study found that even if the wife's constant nagging strained the marriage, it did improve the husband's health. Men consider nagging as caring. But for women, nagging is just nagging. A good marriage for women is the only relation to a lower risk of developing diabetes.

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