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Marriage Boosts Health, Especially in Men

Update Date: Jun 12, 2015 06:32 PM EDT
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Pop culture insists that marriage ruins lives. However, scientific evidence proves otherwise. 

We've all been exposed to people who believe that marriage is an obsolete institution in which both sides loses. Commitment and marriage have become nasty ideas in our ADHD world of globalized consumerism where devotion and fidelity is the same as sacrifice and sediment, the antithesis of 'opportunity,' 'success' and 'happiness'. On the other hand, the ever declining rates of smoking, drinking and unsafe sex in western societies prove that health conscientiousness is also becoming more vogue. 

The bottom line is, you should get married if you care about health. New research reveals that the so-called "obsolete institution" improves health, especially for men. In fact, marriage is so healthy that divorce followed by remarriage has also been shown to significantly improve health.  Researchers in the latest study reveal that the findings held true even after accounting for differences in wealth, class, health and education.

The study, which involved data from more than 9,000 people who were born in March 1958 and took part for over 45 years in the British National Child Development Study, revealed that married people lived significantly healthier and longer than those who decided to stay single, according to the Daily Mail.

The latest study also revealed that the healthiest women were those who stayed married after tying the knot in their late 20s or early 30s. While, health of the average man declines after divorce, it quickly recovers after remarriage. 

"Never marrying or cohabiting was negatively associated with health in midlife for both genders, but the effect was more pronounced in men," wrote lead researcher Dr. George Ploubidis of the Institute of Education at University College London, and his colleages, according to the Daily Mail.

"Our finding that partnership status is associated with midlife health implies that this effect is independent of selection," they concluded.

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