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Happy Marriage Cuts Men's Risk for Stroke

An Israeli study that tracked more than 10,000 civil servants and municipal workers from 1963 to 1997 found that 8.4 percent of the single men died of strokes, compared to 7.1 percent of the married men. Amazingly, when age and known stroke risk factors such as obesity and smoking were included in the analysis, single men were at a 64 percent higher risk of fatal stroke than married men. You'll notice that the headline said "happy marriage." Well, that's because the study also had men evaluate the success of their marriages. Researchers found that 3.6 percent of men who reported dissatisfaction with marriage also had a 64 percent higher risk of a fatal stroke, compared to those who considered their marriages to be very successful.

These findings fall in line with many other studies that show a healthier lifestyle change that happens to men when they get married. Again, in general, happily married men eat better (prevent diabetes), don't participate in unhealthy habits such as smoking (a stress reliever for many), and more. To read the full article, click here.

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