Young Newlywed Couples Share Similar CV Risk Factors!
Young newlywed couples show striking concordance of cardiovascular risk factors, including elevated blood pressure (BP), cholesterol, and triglycerides, new research suggests. Investigators studied over 800 newly married couples in China, assessing cardiovascular risk factors such as anthropomorphics, BP, and fasting lipids, and found significant correlations between spouses in systolic blood pressure (SBP), diastolic blood pressure (DBP), and triglycerides that persisted even after adjusting for an array of covariates.
@mithun These findings in newly married spouses may support the consideration of couple-based care when a young adult is found to have a risk factor, or risk factors, for the future development of cardiovascular disease, such as hypertension or dyslipidemia. However, it has remained unclear if these spousal associations reflect their shared home environment/lifestyle or assortative mating — the tendency to choose a partner with similar perspective on lifestyle choices or behaviors.