In a new study, people with osteoarthritis of the knee and those with type 2 diabetes experienced worse symptoms on days when they felt more tension with their spouse. For those with diabetes, marital conflict appeared to lead to a bad cycle in which the increased pain led to more tension with their spouse the next day. More research is needed to explore the link between relationship tension and physical symptoms, but we know that stress can fuel inflammation, which is involved in arthritis, diabetes, and many other conditions. Cultivate a harmonious relationship to support your day-to-day health by learning how to express needs and concerns without criticizing or blaming your partner, focusing on the positive aspects of your partner and relationship, and getting help from a qualified therapist if you feel stuck in unhealthy patterns. Make sure you’re both getting enough shut-eye, since lack of sleep can lead to hostility between partners, and lower your “boiling point” with a regular stress-management practice such as yoga or mediation. Keeping the peace is good for your health — and for your union.
Source: Daily Marital Tension and Symptom Severity in Older Adults With Diabetes or Osteoarthritis
“I can have peace of mind only when I forgive rather than judge.”Gerald Jampolsky