Bachelors, Divorcees, and Widowers: Does Marriage Protect Men from Type 2 Diabetes?

Date Published: 
September 2014
Cornelis, MC, Chiuve, SE, Glymour, MM, Chang, SC, Tchetgen, EJT, Liang, L, Koenen, KC, Rimm, EB, Kawachi, I, and Kubzansky, LD

Researchers examined the role of marital status in the development of type 2 diabetes. Using prospective data from the Health Professionals Follow-up Study, researchers found that unmarried men (especially widowers) had an elevated risk of developing type 2 diabetes, when compared to married men (adjusting for other factors). This increased risk may be partially mediated by unfavorable changes in lifestyle, diet, and adiposity.

Health Assets: 
Body Mass Index, Healthy Lifestyles, Marital Status, Metabolic Function
Health Conditions: 
Blood Glucose Levels (hemoglobin A1c) for Those with Type 2 Diabetes, Chronic Disease, Life Outcomes, Obesity
Positive Health Type: 
Biological, Functional
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