Diabetes Diagnosis ‘Silver Lining’? Other Family Members’ Health May Improve

By Serena Gordon
HealthDay Reporter

MONDAY, July 9, 2018 (HealthDay News) — When someone is diagnosed with diabetes, other family members seem more likely to adopt health lifestyle changes, too.

A new study found that partners of people newly diagnosed with diabetes were 50 percent more likely to attend weight management classes and 25 percent more likely to get medication to help quit smoking.

They were also slightly more likely to get their blood sugar, blood pressure and cholesterol checked; lose a meaningful amount of weight; and get a flu shot than people whose partners didn’t have diabetes.

“We wanted to know if a diabetes diagnosis affected other people in the household in the year following diagnosis,” said the study’s lead author, Julie Schmittdiel. She’s a research scientist at Kaiser Permanente Northern California in Oakland.

“When one person in a family gets diabetes, it’s a little scary. But it’s also a real opportunity to help them reduce their risk of complications, and maybe it’s a good time to help others in the household as well,” Schmittdiel said.

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