Does marriage help your heart? According to a recent study conducted by the NYU Langone Medical Center the answer is yes. The study revealed that those with a spouse had ,on average, a 5 percent lower risk of heart disease than those who do not have a spouse.
Though the study did not say exactly why this is, it was pointed out that the quality of the marriage or civil union is an important factor when it comes to reducing the risk.
“There is probably several reasons why this is so. One is that married couples help each other to eat better, exercise, avoid smoking and alcohol, they serve as a buffer for stressful life events for each other, they encourage each other to take their medications, go to doctors appointments and they may even recognize symptoms that their doctor doesn’t,” said cardiologist Dr. Tara Narula in an interview with CBS.
3.5 million people of all ages were surveyed across the United States in 20,000 different centers. The strongest benefit was found to be for married couples under 50 who saw a 12 percent decrease in risk for heart disease.
Even though planning a wedding has been notoriously known to be a very stressful event, it seems as though if the marriage is a quality one, it could very well be worth it in the long run. It is also well known that more than half of marriage in the U.S ends in divorce, so it is difficult for these couples to maintain the happy marriage over longer periods of time.
Be sure to check out the interview below for more details.
YouTube video courtesy of CBS This Morning