The Surprising Link Between Marriage and Blood Sugar Control


According to a study published in the journal BMJ Open Diabetes Research & Care, marriage may help keep your blood sugar levels in check. The study found that people who were married had lower hemoglobin A1C levels than those who were single, divorced, or widowed.

Hemoglobin A1C (A1C) is a measure of average blood sugar levels over a period of three months. High A1C levels are associated with an increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes and its complications, such as heart disease, kidney disease, and nerve damage.

The study analyzed data from more than 8000 adults in the United States who participated in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey between 2009 and 2016. The participants were divided into four groups based on their marital status: married, never married, divorced/separated, and widowed.

The researchers found that the married participants had lower A1C levels than those who were never married, divorced/separated, or widowed. The difference in A1C levels between the married and never married groups was the most significant.

The study’s authors suggest that the social support and companionship provided by marriage may help people manage their blood sugar levels more effectively. Married couples may also be more likely to engage in healthy behaviors together, such as exercising and eating a balanced diet.

It’s important to note that the study only found an association between marriage and lower A1C levels, and it doesn’t prove that marriage directly causes better blood sugar control. Other factors, such as income, education, and access to healthcare, may also play a role.

In conclusion, while marriage may not be a cure for diabetes, the study suggests that it may have a positive impact on blood sugar control. If you are single and managing diabetes, you may want to consider seeking social support and companionship through family, friends, or a diabetes support group to help you manage your condition.