Spousal health and older adults’ biomarker change over six years: Investigation of gender differences

Ching-Ju Chiu, Yu Cheng Lin

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Objective: Relationship of spousal health and biomarkers over six years were examined. Methods and materials: Nationally representative sample of 483 adults aged 54+ in Taiwan were followed for six years. Four classes of spousal health changes and three categories of biomarker indexes were examined. Biomarkers were assessed by counting the adverse progression on items of allostatic load (AL), cardiovascular disease biomarkers (CVD), and metabolic syndromes, respectively. Results: When the health status of an individual's spouse became worse, women increased their AL by 0.48 (P < 0.05), CVD by 0.56 (P <.001), and metabolic syndrome by 0.43 (P < 0.05). If the health status of a woman's spouse remained poor, it increased her allostatic load by 0.60 (P < 0.05). These effects were only observed in women. In addition, when the health status of a men's spouse became better, man's biomarker profile on AL significantly improved by 0.80 (P < 0.05). No significant moderating effect of education was observed in this sample. Conclusions: Married couples display concordance in both physical and mental health-related biomarkers, specifically, allostatic load. Women were more likely than men to experience adverse biomarker progress on all the biomarkers examined in this study when the status of their spouse became worse based on their subjective judgment, and men were more sensitive to positive health changes in their spouse than women.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)44-49
Number of pages6
JournalArchives of gerontology and geriatrics
Volume83
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2019 Jul 1

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Allostasis
gender-specific factors
Biomarkers
Spouses
Health
health status
health
Health Status
Disease
married couple
Cardiovascular Diseases
Taiwan
mental health
Mental Health
education
experience
Education

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Health(social science)
  • Ageing
  • Gerontology
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology

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Spousal health and older adults’ biomarker change over six years : Investigation of gender differences. / Chiu, Ching-Ju; Lin, Yu Cheng.

In: Archives of gerontology and geriatrics, Vol. 83, 01.07.2019, p. 44-49.

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