Study finds husbands with controlling wives live longer and are healthier
Feel like you are forever nagging your other half to empty the dishwasher or put down the toilet seat?
(I mean; we all do it, no?)
The thing is, you shouldn't feel too bad about this or even try to stop it – as it seems you could actually be doing his health a massive favour by being on his case day in and day out.
A recent study from Michigan State University shows that men with controlling wives might actually live longer. That’s right – your constant nagging might actually benefit your husband.
According to the study, husbands with controlling wives are less likely to develop diabetes. And in those that do, the onset is slower and the symptoms are managed much better.
The researchers analyzed survey results from 1,228 married participants over five years, and what they found was that so-called “controlling wives” simply ‘nagged’ their husbands more about their health and behaviours more.
However – it seems the same can not be said for controlling husbands and their effect on their wives health.
An unhappy marriage has the opposite effect on women's health and actually increases women's risk of diabetes. Instead, a strong, healthy marriage in which she feels loved and supportive keeps her body and mind strong and healthy.
The reason for this, the researchers concluded, is that women may be more sensitive than men to the quality of the relationship. Meaning, if there is conflict and the marriage is strained, the wife will experience more stress and therefore negatively affect her physical health more than her husband.