Do Married Couples Live Longer?
Posted on July 21, 2015
The key to a longer life has always been to eat healthy and
exercise. But there are some studies
that suggest a surprising addition to the list: getting married.
But is getting hitched really the answer to longer life? Let’s
take a look at the benefits of marriage.
You Have a Support System
Getting married means finding a life partner. They are there
to support you. Having that emotional
and physical support has many benefits, particularly as you age.
A spouse can help:
- Remind you to take your meds.
- Take you to the doctor.
- Detect cancer early.
- Be around in case you fall and hurt yourself.
- Help you recover from illness.
- Help you cope with chronic disease.
- Support you emotionally.
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You Adopt Their Healthy Habits
We tend to adopt the habits of the people we are around.
That especially holds true for healthy habits, including quitting smoking and
exercising more. The health benefits of marriage can even survive the marriage
itself – healthy habits will stick even if your partner isn’t around to bug
Your Health Improves When You Are Happy
The quality of the marriage greatly determines how closely it
can be tied to longevity.
According to Time
Magazine, a study conducted at Ohio State University shows that couples who
are aggressive towards each other have “higher levels of stress hormones in
their blood, less adaptive immune systems and slower metabolic rates after
eating high-fat meals.” And the opposite
is true. A happy marriage decreases stress and increases happiness. It is a well-known fact that long-term stress has a direct negative
impact on how long you live.
So there is an actual physical impact from the way people
treat each other. What this means is that any longevity effect of marriage only
applies to happily married couples. People in a hostile marriage may have
increased aging effects and live shorter lives.
Who Benefits the Most from Marriage?
It seems men benefit the most from marriage. Men are much
more likely to rely on their spouse for support than women. Women usually have
good friend they call when they are upset. Men do not go to their friends for support;
they more often turn to their spouse.
Married men tend to eat better, drink less, and exercise
more. These are all factors that lead to longer lives. Married men even have a
smaller risk of Alzheimer’s and cardiovascular disease.
Can Friends Help You Live Longer?
A spouse is not the only thing tied to longevity. A good
friend can help you live longer as well. Strong social connections are important
factors in healthy aging. Feeling lonely or isolated can make you age faster by
lowering your general well-being. Social connections, such as marriage, have a direct impact on
your physical and mental health. So get out there a spend time with your
Does Marriage Help You Live Longer?
So, should we all rush out and get married? Only if you find
someone you will have a happy marriage with. If you are in a stressful
marriage, this will not be beneficial to your health at all. It may actually
have the opposite effect of damaging your health and well-being.
Don’t fret if you haven’t found the right person yet. Keep
strong connections with friends and you will reap health benefits this way. Marriage
and friendship is all about having strong social connections. That is a key to
living a longer and healthier life.
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