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If your spouse has diabetes, you're at risk too, study says

Written by: QMI Agency
Jan. 24, 2014

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Having a spouse with Type 2 diabetes raises a person's risk of developing the disease by at least 26%, a new Canadian study says.

Researchers at McGill University in Montreal looked at 75,498 couples involved in six studies from different parts of the world. Some of the studies relied on health records, which senior author Kaberi Dasgupta says aren't always accurate.

The studies that used direct blood testing actually showed the risk of developing diabetes doubles for a person whose partner has the disease.

The study "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," Dasgupta said in a press release.

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The study was published Friday in the open access journal BMC Medicine.

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