4 Science-Backed Ways Being Married Makes You Healthier

From a stronger heart to keeping chronic illnesses at bay, getting hitched might do it all…
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If you are hesitating to tie the knot, thinking that taking care of a wife and starting a family might be too stressful for you, it’s time to think again. There are multiple studies that go on to say that marriage might actually be healthy for you. Wondering how that is possible? Well, here you go:

1. Lowers Your Stress Level

While you might feel that getting married will add to your already existing stress levels, this might not be true. According to a study conducted by the researchers at the University of Chicago and Northwestern in 2010, married or committed participants reacted to stressful situations better than their unmarried counterparts. Yes, hard to believe, but that’s actually true.




2. Lowers The Risk Of Developing Chronic Conditions

So chances of you developing chronic conditions like blood pressure, diabetes, arthritis increase with age. However, there is a high chance of keeping these at bay or starting treatment earlier if you are married, according to this study done by the scientists at the University of Missouri's Department of Human Development and Family Studies. The study analysed the relationship between the participants’ health and the quality of their marriage. It was seen that those who were married were more likely to detect these diseases early and take treatment for them at the beginning stage itself. This made them survive for longer as well.

3. Keeps The Heart Healthy

A study published in the Medical Heart Journal reveals that being married reduces the risk of heart diseases and stroke. A survey was conducted as part of the study, over the last two decades, which covered more than 2 billion people, aged between 42 to 77 years. It was seen that people who were either unmarried, widowed or divorced had a 42 per cent higher probability to develop cardiovascular disease and were 16 per cent more likely to have coronary heart disease.




4. Lowers Consumption Of Alcohol

So, it has been scientifically proven that married men drink much less than unmarried, divorced or widowed men. A study conducted by the scientists at the University of Cincinnati claims that long term marriage tends to curb the men’s drinking. This is because of their wives' lower levels of drinking, write the authors.

Now, do you agree that getting hitched might not be such a bad idea after all? Maybe, it’s time to pop the question to your partner.

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