When you think about all the reasons you tied the knot, chances are your health is not the first thing that pops into your head. However, recent studies have shown that being married provides significant health benefits—especially when it comes to your heart. And as it turns out, marriage may be even more beneficial for men than women.
Researchers in London recently compiled data for more than 10,000 adults born in the late 1950s whose relationship status was monitored throughout a decades-long study in order to determine its impact on their overall well-being.
Results of the study, published in the American Journal of Public Health, revealed that married men were 14% less likely to suffer heart problems than their single counterparts, but that men who had never married or lived with a partner were the least healthy in middle age and more likely to develop cardiovascular disease as well as respiratory issues.
In this particular study, the women did not fare so well. In fact, their risk for developing metabolic syndrome linked to obesity and diabetes was the same whether or not they were married. However, for those who did marry, an early divorce (in their mid- to late-20s) was associated with a reduced risk of metabolic issues.