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  2. Dec 8, 2023

When One Spouse Has Hypertension, The Other May Well, Too

Married couples who share a similar diet and lifestyle seem to also share chronic diseases. A new study looked at thousands of husband and wife pairs in the U.S., U.K., China, and India. Despite having different genetics, spouses were more likely to have hypertension when their partner also had high blood pressure.1 These findings compliment a recent twin study that found lifestyle to be more important for health than genetics.2


  1. Varghese J, Lu P, Choi D, et al. Spousal concordance of hypertension among middle-aged and older heterosexual couples around the world: evidence from studies of aging in the United States, England, China, and India. J Am Heart Assoc. 2023:e030765. doi:10.1161/JAHA.123.030765
  2. Landry M, Ward C, Cunanan K, et al. Cardiometabolic effects of omnivorous vs vegan diets in identical twins: a randomized clinical trial. JAMA Netw Open. 2023;6(11):e2344457. doi:10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2023.44457

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