The research on almost 300 married people with arthritis and diabetes showed one fight was enough to leave them with worse symptoms for days. "The findings gave us insight into how marriage might affect health, which is important for people dealing with chronic conditions like arthritis or diabetes".
Two groups of participants were used for the study.
The authors examined 145 patients with osteoarthritis and 129 patients with type 2 diabetes for the study, which lasted about three weeks. Each group kept a daily diary for 22 days (arthritis group) or 24 days (diabetes group) with information about their mood, the severity of their symptoms, and whether interactions with their spouses that day were positive or negative. Results showed that on days when there was tension with their partners, participants indicated having a worsened mood along with greater levels of pain or other related symptoms.
Particularly, within the group with knee osteoarthritis, those who experienced more pain were in a worse mood the nexy day as well as continuing marital tension. Other studies have looked at the quality of someone's marriage right now.
And a special issue of American Psychologist stated that an individual's management of coronary heart disease could be made better or worse by whether that person's marriage is going well or not.
Marriage prevents death from heart disease, research has revealed.
Husbands and wives can also be relied upon to remind the other to take their medication and generally help them to cope with their condition, researchers said.
Another hormone produced in high-stress situations, adrenaline, can increase your heart rate and elevate your blood pressure.
Prior studies have shown that healthy marriages can lead to healthier bodies, and now researchers from Pennsylvania State University say that spats between spouses can worsen symptoms for patients with chronic conditions like arthritis and diabetes. People with osteoarthritis in their knees who experience greater pain become disabled more quickly, and patients with uncontrolled diabetes have a greater risk for developing complications.
'Chronic illnesses usually involve daily symptoms or fluctuations in symptoms, ' she said.
"This nearly starts to suggest a cycle where your marital interactions are more tense, you feel like your symptoms are more severe, and the next day you have more marital tension again", Martire said. "We didn't find this effect in the participants with diabetes, which may just be due to differences in the two diseases". Professor Lynn Martire says that the findings reaffirm how important a healthy marriage can be to overall health.
'It's a measure you can get from any couple.