Happy Marriage or Good Health?

couple_in_love_1600_wht_10952It seems that men can’t have both!

Researchers looking at  more than a thousand couples aged over 57 over 5 years have found that men, but not women, in bad marriages are less likely to suffer from diabetes.

They believe the answer lies in the power of nagging.

Wives are usually more likely to remind husbands to stop smoking, to eat healthily, to stop having chocolate, to take medicine” says Professor Hui Liu from Michigan State University.

On the one hand this is good for the husband’s health. On the other hand it might increase the tension

The professor was surprised by the results of her research expecting thereto be a positive relationship between the quality of the marriage and diabetes.

Marriage is well known to promote health, particularly for men.

In this study women’s health improved with the quality of the marriage lowering their risk of becoming diabetic. Among men the reverse was true. The worse the marriage the more their health improved.

The professor suggests that “For men, if you have a nagging wife it might not be that bad. She cares about you, wants you to have a healthy lifestyle and a healthy life”

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6 thoughts on “Happy Marriage or Good Health?

  1. kindadukish says:

    Some recent research by Prof Ivan Wackadoodle at the University of Kamchatka (Psychology Faculty) has suggested that men who get their leg over on a regular basis tend to have a smile on their face, lead more contented lives and very rarely suffer from illnesses such as diabetes. The research sample was 200 Inuit males.

  2. […] research suggests that married men are healthier because their wife nags […]

  3. mikethepsych says:

    Reblogged this on Mike the Psych's Blog.

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