All that nagging might be good for men, at least. A study by researchers from Michigan State University and the University of Illinois found that husbands with controlling wives had a better chance of treating and managing their diabetes than those without a nagging spouse.
The study observed 1,228 married people between the ages of 57 and 85 over five years and found that wives who regularly monitored their husbands’ health lowered their spouse’s risk of developing or treating diabetes.
This challenges the long-held assumption that unhappy marriages are bad for your health.
According to the study, “Wives are more likely than husbands to regulate a spouse’s health behaviors… Such efforts may improve the spouse’s health outcome but at the same time can be very annoying and can provoke behavioral resistance, hostility, and emotional distress for the spouse.”
The researchers further discussed the “dual effects” or spousal control, which can increase conflict and marital strain but also promote success at controlling health issues. They concluded that marital strain may even be protective for certain health conditions, particularly for men.
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Strangely enough, the opposite is true for women in the study. They found that a good quality marriage reduces the risk of diabetes as “women are more sensitive than men regarding quality of a relationship.”
Now, we’re not saying that controlling wives lead to longer lives, but the research does suggest concerned wives that regularly remind their husbands to look after their health definitely increase a husband’s chances of beating diabetes.
In short, find someone who cares. It you married on, it would be nice to listen and appreciate your wife.