Nov, 2021 - By WMR
According to a new research study by the researchers of University of Tsukuba have reported that wives of men exhibiting key cardiovascular disease risk factors such as diabetes, hypertension, and dyslipidemia are at greater risk to undergo similar disorders. Moreover, according to WHO, stroke and ischemic heart disease are responsible for major cardiovascular related deaths, for over three decades, accounting for around 85% deaths.
Takehiro Sugiyama, Professor of University of Tsukuba stated, “Married couples share food preferences and meal patterns, lifestyle with regard to levels of activity, attitudes to physical exercise, and usage of cigarettes and alcohol," explains Professor. Concordant disease patterns within couples may refer to risks of chronic diseases that could be reduced by changing daily habits, rather than unmodifiable genetic risks.”
In this research study, researchers piloted a cross-sectional analysis, on 86,941 married couples across Japan of age above 40. Moreover, researchers utilized logistic regression and they demonstrated husbands undertaking treatment for dyslipidemia, hypertension and diabetes, and due to exposure respective wives are enduring therapy for the same disorder as the outcome. Some of the factors that can vary the outcomes such as age, residence, education, expenditure, habits and access to healthcare and health groups were also considered to evaluate the extent of spousal concordance. This is owing to factors such as spouses often influence personal habits, and further researchers also analyzed the models eliminating wife's history of alcohol and smoking.
Researchers observed that wives were at higher risk for receiving medication for the similar disorders as their respective husbands.