Diabetes Forecast

Life Satisfaction Not a Guarantee Against Type 2

By Miriam E. Tucker , ,


Men who are satisfied with their lives may be less likely to develop type 2 diabetes, but the same may not be true for women. During 1989–1995, nearly 3,700 men and over 3,400 women ages 25 to 74 were asked how satisfied they were with their personal lives in the past month. When researchers followed up in 2009, men who had said they were very satisfied all or most of the time were 27 percent less likely to have developed type 2 diabetes over the years than those who’d reported lower levels of satisfaction, even after researchers accounted for factors that affect diabetes risk, such as older age, physical activity level, and family history of diabetes. Life satisfaction may reduce stress, and stress is linked to diabetes risk. But the same result wasn’t found in women, possibly because men and women define satisfaction differently.  
Source: Diabetic Medicine, published online Dec. 26, 2017



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