By Seerat Chabba
Those who were married registered a lower average body mass index (measurement of body fat based on height and weight) — 24.5 — than the single group — 26.5. The former group also had lower levels of HbA1c (a measurement of blood sugar control) with 7.3 percent compared to the single group’s 7 percent. The likelihood of metabolic syndrome was higher for the single people (68 percent) as opposed to the married people (54 percent).
The researchers also found that married people were 50 percent less likely to be overweight, HealthDay News reported. The conclusion was reached after compensating for factors like the ages and genders of the study’s subjects.
While there was no significant difference in the weight aspect for both genders, the study found that married men were at a 58 percent lower risk of metabolic syndrome than single men. For women, however, there was no evidence of any such linkage.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the number of adults in the United States between the ages of 18 and 79 with newly diagnosed diabetes tripled from 493,000 in 1980 to more than 1.4 million in 2014.