Obese Wives May Make Husbands Diabetic


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If you're a man married to a woman who's obese, it may "substantially increase" your risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, but the link does not appear the other way around.

"Recognising shared risk between spouses may improve diabetes detection and motivate couples to increase collaborative efforts to eat more healthily and boost their activity levels".

The device's starter pack previously cost around £170, with readers for the sensors costing as much as £60, but will now be available for reimbursement via the NHS across England and Wales, NHS Scotland and Health and Social Care in Northern Ireland for people with type 1 and 2 diabetes who are intensively-using insulin.

Participants were interviewed every 2.5 years between 1998-2015, and incidence of Type 2 diabetes was identified from self-reports or clinical examination.

The researchers found no statistically significant indication overall that having a spouse with diabetes increases diabetes risk.

The results were adjusted for potential factors that might contribute to the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes such as age, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, and an individual's own obesity level (i.e., body mass index and waist circumference).

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Following the research, they suggested that men with obese wives may benefit from undergoing diabetes screening due to the heightened risk they identified.

The findings were presented at the European Association for the Study of Diabetes annual meeting in Lisbon, Portugal.

According to a recent study, overweight wives can significantly enhance their husband's chances of developing Type-2 Diabetes whereas on the other hand, obese men do not pose a similar risk to their wives. However, further analysis showed that a man's risk for developing type 2 diabetes during follow-up rose by 21% for each 5 kg/m² increase in his wife's BMI, after adjusting for the man's BMI.

Conversely, women with an obese husband had no additional risk beyond that of their own obesity level.

The team from Newcastle University found that losing less than one gram of fat from the pancreas can re-start insulin production, reversing type 2 diabetes. Having an obese wife increases a man's risk of diabetes over and above the effect of his own obesity level, while among women, having an obese husband gives no additional diabetes risk beyond that of her own obesity level.

In a separate study analyzing obesity development among adults with a spouse with or without type 2 diabetes, Hulman and colleagues assessed age-related trajectories of BMI from 7,187 men and women in opposite-sex marriages from the ELSA cohort, using mixed-effects models.

"Obesity or [type 2 diabetes] in one spouse may serve as a prompt for diabetes screening and regular weight checks in the other", the researchers wrote.

Speaking at the European Association for the Study of Diabetes, which has been taking place in Lisbon this week, Professor Roy Taylor, from Newcastle University, went through an overview of his findings gained from nearly four decades studying the condition.

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