Having a nagging wife can be beneficial to your health, according to a study conducted by Michigan Sate University.
For men, an unhappy marriage can delay the development of diabetes and promote successful treatment once they contract the disease, according to a national study conducted by a sociologist at Michigan State University.
Why? It may be because wives are constantly regulating their husband's health behaviors, especially if he is in poor health or diabetic. And while this can improve the health of the husband, it can also be seen as annoying and cause hostility and emotional distress.
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The study challenges the traditional assumption that negative marital quality is always detrimental to health, "said Hui Liu, associate professor of sociology at MSU and principal investigator of federally funded research." Sometimes nagging is taking care " , he said.
Using data from the National Project on Social Life, Health and Aging, Liu and his colleagues analyzed the results of surveys of a thousand 228 married for five years. At the beginning of the study, the respondents were between 57 and 85 years old; 389 had diabetes at the end of the study.
Diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death in the United States. More than 29 million Americans suffered from it in 2012, that is, 9.3 percent of the population.
Liu, a health expert based on population and family sciences, investigated the role of marital quality in the management and risk of diabetes and discovered two major gender differences:
* The most striking finding was that, for men, an increase in negative marital quality decreased the risk of developing diabetes and increased the chances of controlling the disease after its onset. Diabetes requires frequent monitoring that wives could be pressuring the husband to do, increasing their health but also increasing marital tension over time.
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* For women, a good marriage was associated with a lower risk of being diabetic, five years later. Women may be more sensitive than men to the quality of a relationship and, therefore, they are more likely to experience an increase in health from a good quality relationship, Liu said.
"Given that diabetes is the fastest growing chronic disease in the United States, the implementation of public policies and programs designed to promote marital quality should also reduce the risk of diabetes and promote health and longevity, especially for women. of older age ", says the study.
The study, published in Journals of Gerontology: Social Sciences, was written by Shannon Shen, an MSU graduate, and Linda Waite, a professor at the University of Chicago.
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The research was funded in part by the National Institute on Aging, the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development and the Research Office of Behavioral Sciences and Social Sciences, which are part of the National Institutes of Health, with information of Excelsior.