Marriage May Share The Risk Of Diabetes : What’s Mine Is Yours Darling!

It is a well known fact that once you get into a relationship, certain things you used to do may have to change slightly… anything worth having requires a little compromise sometimes right? However no matter how hard you try, you'll usually end up sharing at least one or two of your partners habits. Now many factors influence the onset of Type 2 Diabetes, it can be effected by weight, age, ethnicity and lifestyle (among other factors), but a new systematic review and meta analysis (the most valid type of study) has concluded that the risk of type 2 Diabetes increases by 20% for individuals whose partners already have the disease. These are almost certainly linked to behavioural and environmental factors, but the link is none the less there!

Senior authors suggest the following:

"If you diagnose diabetes in one spouse, consider evaluating the other"

(Dasgupta, 2014)

The chances of a spouse having the disease is thought to increase because of shared dietary habits and activity levels which may have contributed to the original spouse developing the condition in the first place.


Leong, A., Rahme, E., & Dasgupta, K. (2014). Spousal diabetes as a diabetes risk factor: A systematic review and meta-analysis. BMC Medicine. Retrieved 31st January, 2013, from


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Job Role Qualified Dietitian and Sports Nutritionist Qualifications BSc (Hons) Sports Science | BSc (Hons) Dietetics Tom has always participated in sport both recreationally and competitively which led to an unquenchable thirst for information on anything health, nutrition and fitness. After leaving school Tom went on to play for a football academy during which time he studied Sport and Exercise Science. From here he went on to study a BSc (Hons) Sport Science at UEA followed by his second BSc (Hons) degree, this time at the University of Hertfordshire studying Dietetics. Tom has worked in the fitness, educational and clinical nutrition industry starting out at David Lloyd Health and Leisure Clubs. He then went on to work as a Dietitian (RD) in the NHS, during which time he conducted clinics for healthy eating, weight loss and weight gain, as well as specialised consultations on Diabetes, IBS and Coeliac disease to name a few. He has vast amounts of experience at devising diet plans and supplement regimens, as well as working in the community with schools and competitive athletes. As Head Nutritionist and Supplement expert at Discount Supplements Tom is here to provide current and evidence based health and nutrition information to help you reach your health and fitness goals!
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