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