Ty­ing the knot is good for your health – es­pe­cially for men

CityPress - - News - – Staff re­porter

Ac­cord­ing to the witty, mar­riage might well be the cause of di­vorce, but it is also re­spon­si­ble for good health.

A study by the In­sti­tute of Ed­u­ca­tion at Uni­ver­sity Col­lege Lon­don has found that mar­riage is good for peo­ple – es­pe­cially for men.

Even those who di­vorce will see their health im­prove again if they re­marry, found the study.

And the re­searchers said the pos­i­tive ef­fects of mar­riage re­mained clear af­ter al­low­ing for dif­fer­ences in wealth, class, health, chil­dren and ed­u­ca­tional achieve­ments.

The re­port looked at more than 9 000 peo­ple who were born in March 1958 and took part for more than 45 years in the Bri­tish Na­tional Child Devel­op­ment Study.

Be­tween 2002 and 2004, their health, in­clud­ing brain ac­tiv­ity and breath­ing func­tion, was checked by nurses.

Re­searchers con­cluded that mar­riage was ben­e­fi­cial to health and the health­i­est women were those who mar­ried in their late 20s or early 30s and stayed mar­ried, re­ported the Daily Mail.

But the pos­i­tive ef­fects are greater for men. Sci­en­tists found men’s health de­clines af­ter di­vorce, but re­cov­ers if they re­marry – although men who di­vorce in their late 30s are less likely to have poor health as a re­sult.

The study sup­ports re­search from 2011 that found the health of sin­gle men was likely to be worse be­cause they did not have a part­ner to im­press.

Other sci­en­tists have found that be­ing sin­gle could knock years off your life.

In the lat­est study, the re­searchers found that co­hab­it­ing cou­ples had sim­i­lar health to mar­ried cou­ples, ex­cept that re­s­pi­ra­tory func­tions were worse in co­hab­it­ing men.

They con­cluded that mar­riage had health benefits that could not be ac­counted for by wealth or back­ground.

“Our find­ing that part­ner­ship sta­tus is as­so­ci­ated with midlife health im­plies that this ef­fect is in­de­pen­dent of se­lec­tion,” they said.

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