Lasting marriage linked to better health

A University of Chicago study recently published in the Journal of Health and Social Behavior provides evidence that Lasting marriage is linked to better health.  Many previous studies have shown that on the average married people have better health than those who never married.  This new study found that people who are divorced or widowed have 20% more chronic health problems than those still married.  Those who remarry after divorce are a little better off, but still have 12% more health problems.  These differences remain when age, race, gender and education are factored in.

The CNN article on the report concludes that “Both genders suffer irreversible, detrimental effects on their health after losing marriage through a divorce or death of a spouse, according to the findings.”

It turns out that the thing about “one man and one woman for life” in the Bible is good for us.  Who would have guessed?

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