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January 15, 2013

Study: Marriage Might Lengthen Life


New research suggests that being single during midlife appears to raise the risk for premature death.

HealthDay News reports:

... The finding applies specifically to American men and women who've already entered their 40s, when the likelihood for continuing to live to a ripe old age is high. However, investigators say, marital status appears to significantly affect the odds, with those entering midlife single facing more than twice the risk of dying early than those who are part of a permanent partnership.

... The influence of other behavioral factors (such as educational and professional attainments, smoking and alcohol histories and exercise habits) were also weighed, alongside changing marital status and death incidence.

The results: compared with currently married men and women, individuals who entered midlife without ever having been married were found to face more than double the risk for death during midlife. ...

Brings new meaning to the old saying, "that which doesn't kill you makes you stronger." One could say ... if you can survive marriage, a longer life is a piece of cake.

Posted by Hyscience at January 15, 2013 9:13 AM

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