Want to remain healthy? According to a new study — either get married and stay married, or never get married at all.
Researchers in Chicago found that among a pool of 8,652 people aged 51 to 61, those who married and divorced had 20 percent more chronic illnesses like cancer and diabetes than those who didn’t marry. Remarrying only drops the figure to 12 percent.
Basically, “health stock” goes up or down depending on our marital experience. Only those who remain married can expect the same health benefits as people who never got married.
If you think about it, It’s not that mysterious. Divorce can bring with it emotional and financial woes. Beware, though, says one therapist. That second marriage isn't going to bring your health stock up if you find the same kind of person you divorced from in the first place. If you’re drawn to toxic people, or if you’re like people who “unconsciously look for someone like their first wife or husband,” your second marriage doesn’t stand too great a chance, nor does your health.