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Study Says: Healthwise, It's Better to Be Single Than Divorced

Study Says: Healthwise, It's Better to Be Single Than Divorced

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.

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dikke-kus dikke-kus 8 years
I don't take too much stock on these research studies. I think if you're married you fair better since you have someone to care for you. Is that so hard to believe? Do we need scientists to tell us that? C'mon now I'm sick of it. Just read another study saying men who stay single die earlier than married men. And that single men are the result of poor economic status that women will not responde to. Also if you go through a divorce maybe yes that would cause some stress and illnesses. Again why a science report. Sound like comon sense to me.
elizabethsosewn elizabethsosewn 8 years
hold on. So the wording is really annoying me. Does it mean that every one has a disease like cancer but those who are divorced have 20% more? or is it only that divorced people are 20% more likely to GET these illnesses? I'm sorry for being the annoying person to point it out, but this time it bothered me.
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 8 years
I agree -- it makes sense. Also, I agree with Filmgirl81 to a certain degree. There is a mind-body connection. One of the exceptions I make is with people who are born with certain medical conditions.
filmgirl81 filmgirl81 8 years
No surprise. I've always believed that physical illness is related to emotional health
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