Turns Out, be­ing a Widow has its Up­side

The Economic Times - - Around The World -

Lon­don: Ac­cord­ing to a re­cent study, los­ing your hus­band can be good for your health.

Con­tra­dict­ing pop­u­lar be­lief that be­ing mar­ried has health ben­e­fits, the Univer­sity of Padova showed that wi­d­ows suf­fer less stress af­ter their hus­bands die, but the op­po­site was true for men who are thought to be­come over-re­liant on their part­ners.

D r C a t e r i n a T r e v i s a n e xpl a i ne d t h at for many men hav­ing a wife meant they had live-in house­hold man­age­ment and some­one to look af­ter their health. In con­trast, women were “more likely to feel stressed and find their role re­stric­tive and frus­trat­ing”. She added that mar­ried women may suf­fer from the ef­fects of care­giver bur­den, since they of­ten de­vote them­selves to car­ing for their hus­band in later life.

In ad­di­tion, women who lost their hus­bands were nearly a quar­ter less likely to be frail in later life than men, con­trary to bach­e­lors and wid­ow­ers who had an in­creased chance of frailty.

They also dis­cov­ered spin­sters had a lower risk of suf­fer­ing weight loss and ex­haus­tion.

The study ap­pears in the Jour­nal of Women’s Health.

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