Anti aging guide

Aging and Marriage



The Connection Between Aging and Marriage

The complex social and health-related concerns of illness become apparent when we consider the following results of a research study concerning the connection of aging and marriage. Married men, in general, live longer than unmarried men. Specifically, unmarried men between the ages of 45 and 64 have a higher risk of dying compared to their counterparts of the same age who are married. (The definition of ‘married’ is taken in the traditional sense and doesn’t take into account those men who are single and live with a woman who is not their wife. This research project doesn’t make it clear whether married women also live longer than unmarried women.)

So it seems that if a man wants to live longer he has to live with a woman who is his wife. The reasons are not very clear, but could be due to the support a wife gives to her husband. Married men have a wife constantly encouraging (some say ‘nagging’) them to eat better, exercise, smoke less, etc, whereas in general, the diet of single men is not good. They may not have the time to cook, so they constantly eat ready-made meals. This increases the chances of stress and disease. Also, they probably smoke and drink more alcohol than married men.

In general, married people have more social contacts and this is thought to improve longevity. Lonely people die prematurely.

Lastly, the (presumably) happy and regular intimate activities of married men may be another reason for prolonged life.

There may be other reasons why married men live longer (for example, genetic reasons in order to look after their children and ensure survival of the species), but one thing is clear: health is a very complicated issue which is affected by many apparently unrelated factors.

Posted by Carol Hudgens - January 24, 2012 at 2:04 pm