Fighting with spouse may up chronic pain

New York, May 16: People with chronic conditions like arthritis or diabetes may suffer physical repercussions if they get into a fight with their spouse, according to a new study. The findings suggests that in two groups of older individuals — one group with arthritis and one with diabetes — the patients who felt more tension with their spouse also reported worse symptoms on those days. “The findings gave us an insight into how marriage might affect health, which is important for people dealing with chronic conditions like arthritis or diabetes,” said co-author Lynn Martire, Professor at Pennsylvania State University in the US. People with osteoarthritis in their knees who experience greater pain become disabled quicker, and people with diabetes that is not controlled have a greater risk for developing complications, the researcher said. (IANS)