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Diabetes risk in older men tied to wife's obesity, study finds

Men in their late 50s and 60s with overweight or obese wives had an increased type 2 diabetes risk after an average follow-up of 11.5 years, compared with men who had slimmer wives, according to a study presented at the European Association for the Study of Diabetes' annual meeting. Danish researchers evaluated almost 7,000 couples and found that after adjusting for age, ethnicity and socioeconomic status, men whose wives had a body mass index of 30 were at a 33% increased risk of developing diabetes, compared with those whose wives had a BMI of 25.

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