How Marriage Protects the Heart
If a lifetime of love and happiness isn’t enough, here’s another reason to tie the knot with your one and only: People with certain heart disease risk factors—including high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and diabetes—fare better if they are married, according to a study involving nearly one million adults in the U.K.
Research presented at the British Cardiovascular Society conference showed that married men and women in their 50s, 60s, and 70s with heart disease risk factors were more likely to be alive at the end of the 14-year study period than those who were single. The study did not differentiate between happy and unhappy unions.
It’s not clear why marriage benefits these people or whether other relationships—close friendships and family, for example—can provide similar benefits. It may be that simply having someone special in your life goes a long way to protect your heart.