“In sickness and in health” is what a married couple vow during their wedding day. Unfortunately, when it comes to diabetes, couples are more likely to be talking about the “in sickness” part.
A new study released by Canada’s McGill University Health Centre shows that people diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes will most likely share the disease with their spouse. No, diabetes is not contagious or airborne, but it’s somehow related to a shared lifestyle. This is an additional risk factor, aside from diabetes being a disease passed on from one family generation to the next.
“When we talk about family history of type 2 diabetes, we generally assume that the risk increase that clusters in families results from genetic factors. What our analyses demonstrate is that risk is shared by spouses,” according to lead study author Kaberi Dasgupta in a news release.
The study revealed that living with a partner with Type 2 Diabetes increases your chances of getting the disease by 26 percent. The results were analyzed from more than 75,000 couples across six earlier studies on diabetes risk factors: genetics, age, financial status, among others.
The risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes increases due to unhealthy lifestyle choices, so living with someone who makes these unhealthy choices will lead you to do the same. As a result, your chances of getting diabetes will also rise, according to the study published in the BMC Medicine journal.
The team of researchers believe that diabetes prevention should be done by the couple together, by choosing healthier options, eating the right food, and engaging in a more active lifestyle.