iStock/Thinkstock(LONDON) — Now this is hardly fair. A new study has found that marriage is more beneficial to men’s health than to women’s.
Single women also do not suffer the same negative health effects as unmarried men, according to research by University College London, the London School of Economics and The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.
By the same token, middle aged women who had never married had virtually the same chance of developing metabolic syndrome — a combination of diabetes, high blood pressure and obesity — as married women. Women who divorced in their mid to late 20s had 31 percent lower odds of metabolic syndrome, compared to those who stayed married, reports The Telegraph.
“Numerous studies have found that married people have better health than unmarried people,” said Dr. George Ploubidis. “However, our research shows that people who experience separation, divorce and remarriage, have very similar levels of health in middle age to those who are married.”
Ploubidis added that in previous research, it was shown that men experience an initial decline in health after divorce, but the new study revealed that in the long term men show improvement and revert back to their pre-divorce health status.
“Surprisingly, those men who divorced in their late 30s and did not subsequently remarry, were less likely to suffer from conditions related to diabetes in early middle age compared to those who were married,” he said.
More than 10,000 people born in England, Scotland and Wales in the same week of spring 1958 participated in the study.
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