Is this marriage "problem" the secret to beating diabetes?
There are lots of joys to marriage -- but most of us wouldn't think of nagging as one of them.
If you have a spouse who likes to give you constant "reminders" to take out the trash or mow the lawn, you know what I mean.
Having a nagging spouse may not be the key to a happy marriage -- but, believe it or not, it actually may be the secret to living longer.
And that goes double if you have or are at risk for diabetes.
Diabetes is a Top 10 leading cause of death in the U.S., but a new study shows that men who are consistently reminded by their wives to eat healthy... quit smoking... or maybe even trim the hedges... are more likely to avoid or better control diabetes.
The study out of Michigan State University found that husbands who felt nagged in their marriages were 32 percent less likely to become diabetic.
And those hen-pecked hubbies who were already diabetic were 58 percent less likely to suffer from spikes, crashes, and other problems controlling the disease.
So is this really what we're seeing here? Better living through nagging?
I don't think I'd go quite that far. There's been plenty of research suggesting that having someone in your corner, advocating for your well-being, can help you stay healthier.
That's probably what's going on here -- even if some spouses' methods of encouraging you to take care of yourself may be a little... um... persistent.
The real lesson here is that it's important to have people who care about your health, whether you already have a disease like diabetes or are just getting a little older.
And if you have a spouse who is always nagging you to eat healthier, exercise more, or drop bad habits, try not to be annoyed.
All those reminders might just be saving your life.