by Surela Chakraborty | 16 JAN 2017
Marriage is considered to be a health booster for couples who live in marital bliss and face less emotional issues. Do you remember how you felt when you were about to get married to the person you loved? The feeling of being newly married and finding the perfect soulmate definitely improved your health both mentally and physically. Interesting studies are being conducted to show how men are benefitted more from marriage than women. Yes ofcourse, that's a known fact but the study focuses mainly on how health improves with marriage. Especially, heart health.
The fact that marriage improves and protects health has been proven several times. Scientists emphasised that marriage increases longevity and reduces health risks. Many have not agreed with this claim and this has led to a fierce debate.
Researchers used data collected from the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children to study the links between marital bliss and health. Cardiovascular disease was taken as a yardstick as it is the most common health issue people face. Since men have higher risk factor of developing cardiovascular disease than women, the study mainly focuses on them. Most cardiovascular diseases occur due to stress and marriage helps to remove it because partners encourage positive behaviours.
The fathers on whom the study was conducted rated their relationship quality when their children were aged both 3 and 9. Relationships were ranked under broad categories like "consistently good", "consistently bad", "improving" or "deteoriorating". Alongwith the relationship data the status on their health was also enlisted. The measurements were taken after long time gaps so that cardiovascular disease risk factors took some time to develop as the quality of relationship continued to change. Factors like height, age, educational level and household income were taken into consideration while the data was collected. There was slight change in the health of those men who rated their relationship as good than those who categorised their marital relationship to be bad. Though the change was slight but it was definitely significant.
Those men who rated their marital relationship to be good had lower levels of LDL(Low-density lipoprotein) or the bad cholesterol and lower body mass index (BMI). There were improvements in cholesterol levels and diastolic blood pressure which often triggers cardiovascular disease. The men who had good marital relationships had a better health status than those who said their marital relationship was improving. Those who had bad or worsening marital relationship their diastolic blood pressure were in the danger range.
A new study has proved that women don't really benefit from marriage as men do.
A research conducted by University College of London, the London School of Economics, the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine state that single women don't suffer from bad health as bachelors do. A middle aged women is prone to develop metabolic syndrome or a combination of diabetes, high blood pressure and obesity as married women. Women both single and married have higher risk of developing breathing problems than unmarried men.
The risk of heart problems in unmarried men was raised to 14% in men that was barely present in women. Dr.George Ploubidis a population health scientist at the UCL Institute of Education said, “Not marrying or cohabiting is less detrimental among woman than men.” He further added, “Being married appears to be more beneficial for men.”
The research also showed that getting divorced didn't affect the health status of men and women as long as they found a new soulmate. Women who got divorced in their late 20's had 31% less chance of developing metabolic syndrome than those who stayed married. Dr George Ploubidis emphasised, “Numerous studies have found that married people have better health than unmarried people.”
The research further showed that people who experience separation, divorce and then remarriage have similar health status to those who are married. Men do experience initial decline after divorce but after a period of time they bounce back to pre-divorce health status. The research also reveals that men who are divorced in their late 30's who didn't remarry were likely to suffer from health issues like diabetes in their early middle age than those who were married.
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