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Marriage is good for heart health, divorce bad

Credit: Clint Vigil/Flickr/Creative Commons

Credit: Clint Vigil/Flickr/Creative Commons

It’s not good for man to be alone (Genesis 2:18 NASV)

And shortly after uttering those words, God created Eve as a help mate for Adam and through this we have the first marriage. Men and women were intended to live together and help each other not only in life matters but apparently it also has spin-off health benefits for our hearts.

The Daily Mail reports a study by researchers at Keele University in Newcastle-under-Lyme, England and Royal Stoke Hospital cardiology department at Stoke-on-Trent, England concluded that being married brings significant heart health benefits.

They came to this conclusion after analyzing data from 34 studies between 1963 and 2015 involving two million people between the ages of 42 and 77.

The researchers noted that about 80% of heart disease could be attributed to physical factors such as high-blood pressure, high cholesterol, increased age, bad habits such as smoking and even a person’s sex as men tend to have a higher risk of heart disease. However, there is still that 20% of risk factors that can’t be accounted for and this research concludes that marriage may significantly impact this missing percentage.

Their analysis of the data showed that married people were 42% less likely to contract cardiovascular disease than people who were not married, divorced or widowed.

This study also showed that widowed people were 16% more likely to have a stroke and they also discovered that divorce impacted people resulting in a 35% risk increase of heart disease for both sexes.

They went so far as to suggest that a person’s marital status might be considered a “risk factor.”

But not only were unmarried people more likely to experience heart issues, they were also at increased risk to die from these problems as this study revealed those who were not married were 42% more likely to die from heart issues and 55% more likely to die from a stroke.

So why would marriage have such noticeable health benefits?

The researchers suggest marriage may provide a number of benefits ranging from increased morale to simply noticing health issues in the partner and making sure the spouse is taking prescribed medications.

And they are not alone in this conclusion on the health benefits of marriage as other research shows that  marriage reduces the chances of dementia by 33%.


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