Is Marriage Better for Men’s Health?

holding_handsWhen 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.

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Quick & Easy Kefir Ice Cream Recipe

ice_creamWhen temperatures start rising, get ready to serve up a cool treat with a healthy twist. Kefir is a fermented milk drink with beneficial probiotic cultures that you can find at any market, and this delicious kefir ice cream recipe is so simple you can even make it the morning of the party!

Kefir Ice Cream
Serves 12 (1½ quarts ice cream)
2 large eggs
¼ cup lo han (monk fruit) sweetener or ¾ tsp. stevia liquid (flavored, if desired)
2 cups kefir
1 cup heavy cream (or kefir heavy cream)
2 tsp. pure vanilla extract

For chocolate: 2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
For strawberry: 1 cup crushed strawberries

Directions: Beat eggs well and add sweetener. Blend in kefir, cream, and vanilla extract; add cocoa powder or strawberries (if desired). Transfer mixture to an ice cream maker and follow manufacturer’s instructions. Place in freezer to harden, about 3 to 4 hours. Serve and enjoy!

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