Want a less stress­ful life? More rea­sons to tie the knot

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Con­trary to what cou­ples joke about, a re­cent study sug­gests that mar­ried peo­ple face less psy­cho­log­i­cal stress than the un­mar­ried. Ac­cord­ing to the re­search, mar­ried in­di­vid­u­als had lower lev­els of the stress hor­mone cor­ti­sol than those not mar­ried or pre­vi­ously mar­ried. Pro­longed stress is as­so­ci­ated with in­creased lev­els of cor­ti­sol which can in­ter­fere with the body’s abil­ity to reg­u­late in­flam­ma­tion, which pro­motes de­vel­op­ment and pro­gres­sion of many dis­eases.

“It is ex­cit­ing to dis­cover a phys­i­o­log­i­cal path­way that may ex­plain how re­la­tion­ships in­flu­ence health and dis­ease,” said one of the re­searchers Brian Chin from Carnegie Mel­lon Uni­ver­sity in Pitts­burgh, Penn­syl­va­nia, US.

Re­searchers col­lected saliva sam­ples from 572 healthy adults aged 21 to 55. Mul­ti­ple sam­ples were taken dur­ing each 24-hour pe­riod and tested for cor­ti­sol. Re­sults showed that the mar­ried par­tic­i­pants had lower cor­ti­sol lev­els. The re­searchers also com­pared each per­son’s daily cor­ti­sol rhythm — typ­i­cally, cor­ti­sol lev­els peak when a per­son wakes up and de­cline dur­ing the day. Those who were mar­ried showed a faster de­cline, a pat­tern that’s been as­so­ci­ated with less heart dis­ease, and longer sur­vival among can­cer pa­tients.

“This proves our in­ti­mate so­cial re­la­tion­ships can get un­der the skin to in­flu­ence our health,” said co-au­thor Shel­don Co­hen, pro­fes­sor at the Uni­ver­sity.

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Mar­ried in­di­vid­u­als tend to have lower lev­els of stress hor­mone

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