While your wife’s nagging might be the bane of your existence, new research by the Michigan State University, published in the Journals of Gerontology Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences, has found that it could actually be good for you.
The study found that men who were unhappy in their relationships because of a nagging wife were less likely to develop diabetes, and if they already had the disease, were better at keeping it under control than their happier counterparts.
The reasoning behind this is that a nagging wife is better at regulating her husband’s health behaviours: “nagging is caring” the study said. It did, however, state that while this may be good for a partner’s health, it can also result in a hostile environment and cause emotional distress.
As part of their investigation, the researchers looked at the role of marital quality in diabetes and its management, and discovered two gender differences pertaining to this. One finding is what’s outlined above, about men in a relationship with a nagging wife, and the second is that quite the opposite is true for women.
Women had a lower diabetes risk if they were in a happy relationship, which would boost their health.
“The study challenges the traditional assumption that negative marital quality is always detrimental to health. It also encourages family scholars to distinguish different sources and types of marital quality. Sometimes, nagging is caring,” said Dr Hui Liu, one of the researchers.
The study was done using data from the National Social Life, Health and Ageing Project, and the researchers studied survey results from 1 228 married people over a span of five years.
At the beginning of the study, the individuals involved were between 57 to 85 years old, and about 389 were diagnosed with diabetes at the end of the study.
Source: Daily Mail