Marriage May Keep You Alive Longer

As the number of couples walking down the aisle dwindles, science suggests that our generation may be missing out on marriage’s “healing powers.” A study published by the Journal of Health and Social Behavior reveals that adults who’ve tied the knot have a better survival rate after heart surgery. According to Ellen Idler, a sociologist at Emory University, married people are three times more likely than singletons to survive coronary bypass surgery during the first three months and are half as likely to die in the years following. Even if the single patients survived the first three months of recovery, they were 70 percent more likely to die during the next five years.

This is not the first health research to find a correlation between marriage and longer life-span. Getting hitched has been associated with decreased mortality rates since 1858 when a French epidemiologist  observed that “marriage protected against early mortality in France.”

Why is it that married folks do better? Doctors speculate it may come down to the level of support and care a spouse provides for their partner — presumably both before and after a health crisis. 

Not that we wanted to make you feel bad about being single or anything. [Newswise]

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