Marriage has been found to help diabetics maintain a healthy weight. A new study has found that married individuals with type 2 diabetes are less likely to be overweight, compared to diabetics who are single.
Diabetic men living with a spouse were less likely to suffer form metabolic syndrome, too.
Japanese researchers examined medical records of 270 patients with type 2 diabetes, including 180 married patients living with their spouse and 90 single patients.
Married individuals were found to have a lower body mass index, compared to their single counterparts. Married participants also had lower levels of HbA1c, which is a measurement of blood sugar control.
Married men had a 58 percent lower risk of metabolic syndrome than single men – metabolic syndrome is a combination of factors that increase a person’s risk of heart disease and stroke.
The findings will be presented at the European Association for the Study of Diabetes meeting in Munich, Germany.