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A happy marriage is good for your heart’s health

However, being in a bad marriage is bad for your health. It puts you at a higher risk of stroke and heart disease, especially if you are a woman.

An unhappy marriage increases health risks due to depression, high blood pressure and obesity, according to a US study.

The researchers did say it was a bit early to suggest that women should dump their husbands to reduce their health risks! :)

The unhappy marriage study

The researchers studied 276 couples married for an average of 20 years, aged between 40 and 70 years old. The couples answered questions on the good aspects of their marriage, such as emotional support; as well as areas of arguments, such as money and children.

They all underwent a medical screening test, including blood tests and measuring blood pressure and waist circumference. Researchers tested for ‘metabolic syndrome’ which is having 3 of 5 of the following; excess waist fat, high blood pressure, high triglycerides, low ‘HDL’ cholesterol and high blood glucose.

Having metabolic syndrome, increases the risk of heart disease, stroke, and diabetes.

The marriage study results

The researchers concluded that a happy marriage will positively contribute to your health, especially in women whose health is more affected by a bad marriage.

The researchers explained that women are more sensitive and responsive to relationship problems than men. Lucky us!

The researchers found the following:

  • Women under marital strain were more likely to suffer depression.
  • Women under marital strain had more symptoms of metabolic syndrome.
  • Men under marital strain who were depressed, did not have signs of metabolic syndrome.

The research findings were presented by author Nancy Henry from the University of Utah at the American Psychosomatic Society’s annual meeting in Chicago.

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