In Sickness And In Health

It turns out spouses really are together in sickness and in health.

Researchers in Japan examined Dutch and Japanese marriages and found that spouses have a high degree of commonality in not only lifestyle habits, but body shape, blood pressure, and even incidences of some diseases. Many of the correlations were between couples with low genetic similarity and high lifestyle similarity, suggesting the importance of healthy choices.

The scientists encourage healthcare guidance for couples and healthy competition between partners that would encourage both people to improve their health, especially against diseases shaped by lifestyle and environment. (EurekAlert!