Risk for Diabetes Increases if Spouse is Diabetic

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  • A new study published in BMC Medicine suggests that having a spouse with diabetes can increase your own risk for diabetes. A research team from the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC) has shown through combined analyses of several studies evidence that spousal diabetes is a diabetes risk factor.


    Most of the studies used in the meta-analysis relied on health records which may not have been accurately recorded for diabetes. Those that used direct blood testing suggested that diabetes risk doubles if your partner has diabetes. A strong correlation with pre-diabetes risk was also found.


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    The team found that there’s a 26% increase in the risk of developing type 2 diabetes if your spouse also has type 2 diabetes. These results may help clinicians to develop management strategies that involve both partners and may also serve as a tool for early diabetes detection.

Published On: March 26, 2014