Married couples share more than their homes, cars and finances — they are also likely to have some of the same diseases, experts say.

If a spouse suffers from asthma, depression, peptic ulcers, high blood pressure or raised cholesterol levels, the chances are their partner will be afflicted with the same illness.

Research indicates partners of people with specific diseases are at increased risk of the disease themselves — at least 70 percent increased risk for asthma, depression and peptic ulcer disease.