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Systematic review and meta-analysis
Diabetes risk increased between spouses
  1. Jean-Philippe Chaput
  1. Healthy Active Living and Obesity Research Group, Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario Research Institute, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
  1. Correspondence to: Dr Jean-Philippe Chaput, Healthy Active Living and Obesity Research Group, Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario Research Institute, 401 Smyth Road, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, K1H 8L1; jpchaput{at}cheo.on.ca

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Implications for practice and research

  • Recognising shared couple risk may result in greater support and collaboration within the family to engage with diabetes prevention efforts.

  • Clinicians and healthcare professionals should encourage couple-based interventions aimed at adopting healthier lifestyle habits.

  • Diabetes screening may be warranted in the partners of people with diabetes to allow for early detection and prevention of diabetes-related complications.

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It is well known that diabetes history in biologically related family members increases diabetes risk.1 In contrast, the contribution of socioenvironmental factors assessed through diabetes concordance in spouses (ie, biologically …

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