Diabetes runs at home: Indian-origin researcher

You are at a higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes if your spouse has it.

According to a new research led by an Indian-origin scientist at the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC) in Montreal, Canada, living together under one roof could also imply sharing diabetes.

“We found a 26 percent increase in the risk of developing type 2 diabetes if your spouse also has type 2 diabetes,” says senior author Kaberi Dasgupta, an associate professor of medicine at McGill University.

“This may be a platform to assist clinicians to develop strategies to involve both partners. Changing health behaviour is challenging and if you have the collaboration of your partner it’s likely to be easier,” she added.

Dasgupta’s team wanted to see if risk behaviours like poor eating habits and low physical activity could be shared within a household, said the study published in the journal BMC Medicine.

They analysed results from six selected studies that were conducted in different parts of the world and looked at key outcomes such as age, socio-economic status and the way in which diabetes was diagnosed in over 75,000 couples.

Most of the studies relied on health records which may not always accurately record 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.

“When we look at the health history of patients, we often ask about family history. Our results suggest spousal history may be another factor we should take in consideration,” said Dasgupta.

According to Dasgupta, spousal diabetes is also a potential tool for early diabetes detection.What do you think?

“The results suggest that diabetes diagnosis in one spouse may warrant increased surveillance in the other,” stressed Dasgupta.

Moreover, it has been observed that men are less likely than women to undergo regular medical evaluation after childhood and that can result in delayed diabetes detection.

As a result, men living with a spouse with diabetes history may particularly benefit from being followed more closely, the study concluded.


8 Replies

  • i do not agree. i have type 2 diabetes fro the past 15 yeas. my wife does not have it even today

  • this means, U R Lucky...... mithai khilao sabko

  • right bola kclvbn saahab apne

  • It is mainly because we follow the same physical activities, life style and food habits and hence chances are that more people in same family will suffer from Diabetes. At the same time if we go for regular checkup for all the family members and improvement in the life style it can be eliminated.

  • I do not agree.I am diabetic since 6 years though I had hectic life only after my retirement I have diabetes,but my wife does not have.It is the gene which controls.

  • mujhe 8 yrs se diabities hai paar meri wife ko kuch nahi hai,methia sab khati hai,

  • Diabetes is also called among other things a life style disease,so a diabetics life style has diabetes producing effect on spouse ?It looks rather doubtful as daily habits and life style of one May not be the same as the diabetics spouse at the same time what about other members of family?Are they also affected? What does the study say?

  • mane chhe d pun mari wife ne nathi

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