Marriage seems to be good for our health, boosting our chances of survival if we have a major risk factor for heart disease, such as high cholesterol, Blood Pressure researchers say.
The other half can encourage us to better care for ourselves, explained scholars at a conference on cardiology, based on their study of nearly one million adults in the UK. All of them had high blood pressure, cholesterol or diabetes. Married people were in a much better condition than unmarried.
Dr. Paul Carter and his associates at Aston Medical School, who have done the job, have already proven that marriage is more likely to survive a heart attack.
Their latest research, presented at the British Cardiovascular Society conference, suggests why this may be the case. Researchers suspect that marriage helps prevent significant risk factors for heart disease, including cholesterol and high blood pressure.
The study looked at deaths from all causes, including heart disease. Men and women aged 50, 60 and 70 with high cholesterol were 16 percent more likely to be alive at the end of the 14-year study if they were married. The same was true for those who had diabetes and high blood pressure, with married people having a higher chance of survival than the unmarried.
The picture was less clear to those who lived, separated, divorced or withered. Researchers suspect that the existence of someone of particular value in our lives is what is important and not just the ... wedding.
Dr. Carter clarifies: "We need to clarify the reasons a little bit more, but there seems to be something in the marriage that protects not only patients with heart disease but also those with risk factors for heart disease. We do not say, of course, that everyone should get married. We need to reproduce the positive effects of marriage and use friends, families and the social environment in the same way. "