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Women: Healthy Marriage, Healthy Heart

A study presented at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association from Princeton University found that married women who were not divorced nor widowhood were linked with fewer cardiovascular risk factors, such as high blood pressure. Unfortunately, the same didn't hold true for young men. Guys who married younger were more likely to have warning signs for chronic inflammation later in life. While the report didn't specify a specific age, it did state that a five-year increase in age at first marriage decreased the odds of chronic inflammation by 30 percent (i.e., getting married at 17 versus 23). 

 

This finding about men is one of the few studies that shows the negative sides for men's health. Many previous studies have shown the benefits of a happy marriage for men. We guess those still hold true as long as you're not too young when you get married. For women, a long marriage dropped the links between various cardiovascular risk factors such as blood pressure, resting heart rate, waist circumference, as well as metabolic risk factors that put people at risk for Type II diabetes. 

 

For more information, check out this write-up on NBCNews.com.

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