Could Your Blood Sugar be Affecting your Marriage?

by Norris Law Group on May 15, 2014

Could Your Blood Sugar be Affecting your Marriage?Science and Technology writer David DiSalvo writes in Psychology Today about a recent study published by the National Academy of Sciences which found that –as its title says—Low glucose relates to greater aggression in married couples.

For the study methodology, the researchers recruited 107 married couples for a 21-day “couples’ boot-camp.” Their goal was to try to find whether there is a direct link between blood glucose (or “circulating blood sugar”) and aggression, and they theorized that lower blood sugar resulted in more aggression.

The research team first had the couples fill out a “relationship questionnaire” that evaluated different aspects of their marriages. This afforded the researchers the chance to control for variables such as how satisfied each partner in a given marriage was from the beginning. A benchmark measurement of the participants’ blood glucose levels was taken at the beginning and throughout the 21-day study.

The researchers used some rather humorous methods to keep track of the partners’ level of aggression toward one another: voodoo dolls and headphones. To measure “aggressive impulse,” each partner was given a voodoo doll and 51 pins, and was instructed to “poke” the voodoo doll if he or she was feeling aggression toward his or her spouse. The more pins, the more aggression was being expressed. To measure aggressive response, researchers instructed the partners to all wear headphones while they competed against one another in a series of 25 tasks. At the completion of each task, the “winners” got to decide how long and how loudly to “blast” their losing spouses with a loud noise through the headphones.

At the end of the 21-day study, the researchers’ hypothesis was borne out: when the participants’ blood sugar levels were lower, the voodoo dolls had many more pins in them, and a lot more ears were ringing from having been blasted with loud noise.

The researchers came to two conclusions based on this study:

  1. Don’t have a difficult conversation with your spouse if you are hungry.
  2. When our brains are short on energy (in the form of glucose), our self-control goes down as well, and it is more likely that aggressive impulses can take over.

Attorney Graham Norris and his associates at the Norris Law Group serve the residents of Utah County and throughout Utah in the area of divorce and family law. Contact them today at 801-932-1238 or online for a free consultation.

{ 0 comments… add one now }

Leave a Comment

Previous post:

Next post: