A new study says that if you want your heart to stay healthy, then you should get married! A few weeks ago another study told us we should eat more chocolate for a healthy heart and now we’re told that marriage keeps your heart healthy!
Study Reveals that Marriage Keeps Your Heart Healthy
The study was performed by researchers at the New York Langone Medical Center and was led by Dr. Carlos Alviar and it was published in the Annual Scientific Sessions of the American College of Cardiology. It analyzed surveys of more than 3.5 million people from over 20,000 health centers in the United States. The conclusion was that married people were less likely to develop a cardiovascular disease, compared to people who were divorces, single or widowed, so marriage keeps your heart healthy.
The participants were aged between 21 and 99 years and the risk factors were all taken into consideration: blood pressure, smoking history, family history of disease, obesity, diabetes and cholesterol levels and it appears that when it comes to heart disease, whether you’re married or not really does matter. People who were married had a 5% lower risk of developing any type of heart disease than people who were single.
More results revealed that people under 50 had a 12% lower chance of developing any cardiovascular disease than people who were single and under 50. Married people between 51 and 60 had a 7% lower risk of heart disease compared with people who were single in the same age group. That’s pretty impressive, right?
Could marriage offer physical and emotional support or could it be more than that? Why do you think marriage keeps your heart healthy? Is it because your significant other acts soothes your heart or is it because they’re reminding you to take your meds, eat healthier or go on long walks together? Are husbands and wives really that important for your heart? What are your thoughts on the matter?