Not married yet? People who are single are TWICE as likely to be overweight

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PEOPLE who are married could help you stay slim, according to research carried out at Yokohama City University.

The study, which looked at people with type 2 diabetes, discovered that single people are twice as likely to become overweight than those who are married. 

Additionally, married men are less likely to suffer metabolic syndrome - which is a combination of diabetes, high blood pressure and obesity which damages the blood vessels. 

Although this didn’t apply to women. 

The findings were presented at the European Association for the Study of Diabetes meeting in Munich, where experts revealed that living with a husband or wife is the “most fundamental” form of social support. 

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Married men are less likely to suffer metabolic syndrome

Other experts believe people happy in a relationship are more likely to eat healthily, take their medication and go to the doctor if they feel unwell. 

The study looked at 270 people with type 2 diabetes with an average age of 65. 

 

Of the 270 people, 180 were married and 80 were single. 

Their height and weight were measured to calculate their Body Mass Index as well as the fat content of their body. 

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Married people taking part in the research were 50 per cent less likely to be overweight

The findings revealed the married group were 50 per cent less likely to be overweight.

Married men were also 58 per cent less likely to have developed metabolic syndrome than single men. 

The authors, led by Dr Yoshinobu Kondo, wrote: “Our findings show that being married and living with one’s spouse reduced the rusk of being overweight by approximately 50 per cent among patients with type 2 diabetes. 

“Men who were married and lived with their spouse also exhibited a risk reduction of 58 per cent for metabolic syndrome.

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Other experts believe people happy in a relationship are more likely to eat healthily

“In contrast, being single was a risk factor for overweight status and metabolic syndrome, especially among male patients. 

“These findings suggest their social supportive care is needed to help single patients with type two diabetes manage their body weight.” 

Married people are also likely to survive a heart attack, as research published by Aston Medical School and the University of East Anglia proved in June this year. 

This comes after Caroline Flack revealed cutting sugar from her diet transformed her body.

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