Less Diabetes Risk for Unhappy Hubby
A new study published in Journals of Gerontology: Social Sciences offers surprising insights into what, for most of us, is a seemingly straightforward relationship: the connection between marital quality and personal health. The study, led by an associate professor in sociology at Michigan State University named Hui Liu, found that compared with men in happy marriages, older men in unhappy marriages are less likely to develop diabetes. In addition, if they do develop the disease, unhappily married older men manage it better than their happily married counterparts.
One explanation offered by the study's authors is that, while a wife who nags her husband might improve his physical health by correcting or controlling his behavior, such constant correcting can also put a strain on a marriage over time.
"The study challenges the traditional assumption that negative marital quality is always detrimental to health," said Professor Liu. "It also encourages family scholars to distinguish different sources and types of marital quality. Sometimes, nagging is caring."