7 Surprising ways being hitched keeps you healthy

By: Health Local Staff May 26, 2014
7 Surprising ways being hitched keeps you healthy

Turns out that a great marriage isn’t just good for the soul, it’s great for the heart, bones, and immune system.

While many people are getting married later in life, studies conducted at various universities including Duke University, University of Chicago, and Northwestern revealed several health benefits of matrimony. Turns out that a great marriage isn’t just good for the soul, it’s great for the heart, bones, and immune system.

1. Live Longer
This Duke University study found that married baby boomers outlive their single counterparts in a big-time way. Researchers found that a stable or long-term marriage amongst those in the baby boomer demographic were less than half as likely to kick the bucket. The research team took into account factors including financial status and current health conditions. It was hypothesized the married boomers lived longer because of the emotional support, social connectedness, and mental stimulation provided by a spouse.

2. Lower Stress
Turns out the old saying “you’re going to be the death of me” may not be as strong an axiom as we thought. Of course there are days when your other half will make your blood boil, but overall, a University of Chicago study found that married people reacted to stressful situations better than their single counterparts. We all know high stress levels increase cortisol, which has been linked to several major health problems including heart disease, stroke, and obesity.

3. Healthy Heart
The European Journal of Preventative Cardiology published a study showing married people or those who lived together were less likely to die from a heart attack and had a better prognosis after the heart attack occurred. Again, researchers cited the benefits of emotional support provided by the spouse and loved ones.

4. Strong Bones
There are times when your spouse gets under your skin – and apparently they get all the way into your bones too. A study conduced at UCLA found that bone density in women increased among married couples. The research is great news for women who are much more likely to suffer from bone density problems than men.

5. Better Recovery After Surgery
A Rutgers University research team found that marrieds who underwent heart surgery were a staggering three times as likely to survive for at least 90 days compared to singles. Why? Researchers found the emotional connection combined with having something to live for was the difference.

6. Accident Prevention
U-Penn researchers studied over a million people over the course of two decades and found divorced people were more than two times as likely to die from a preventable accident than marrieds. The researchers discovered married folks typically have more stable lives, which decreased the odds of dying from preventable accidents.

7. Less Likely to be Depressed
A happy wife truly is a happy life. It turns out that marrieds are less likely to slip into depression because of the emotional support and stability provided by a rock-solid marriage. Partners not only provide support, but are also able to detect changes in their mates, which can help nip the problem in the bud before it becomes something major.

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