The Benefits of Nagging
Dear Healthy Men: I have diabetes and my wife is driving me crazy, constantly bugging me to check my insulin and take my medication, reminding me what I should and shouldn’t eat, bugging me to exercise more, and generally nagging all the time. I think she means well, but what can I do to get her to lighten up on me?
As we discussed in a previous column, for more than 100 years, scientists have been telling us that marriage is good for men’s health, reducing our stress levels, lowering the risk of heart attack and stroke, and generally extending our life. More recently, researchers have been looking at marital quality as a predictor of health. And the results are pretty much what you’d expect: Happy marriages generally lead to happier, healthier, longer lives, while unhappy ones lead to shorter, less-healthy lives.
There is, however, one exception: guys like you—guys with diabetes. According to researchers at Michigan State University and the University of Chicago, your rocky relationship could be what’s keeping you alive.
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