Study: Marriage Officially Linked to Good Vascular Health
Not surprisingly, we have long touted the benefits of marriage on this blog—including, specifically, the health benefits! Not only does marriage make you want to take better care of yourself—studies have shown that being married literally does translate to good things inside your body.
The latest: Marriage is even good for your blood vessels!
What a weird, specific thing to say getting hitched is good for, you might say, and we might admit to muttering the same thing when we saw it. But the thing is, if your blood vessels are happy, then many other an important thing in your body is, too.
A new study published by the American College of Cardiology found, after analyzing data from over 3.5 million Americans with an average age of 64, that married people had a lower risk of vascular disease specifically affecting the abdomen, neck, and legs.
“Prior studies have found that marriage can benefit vascular health, but this is the largest study yet,” says Chantel Hile, MD, a vascular surgeon in the CardioVascular Institute at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center …
The research showed that married individuals had a five percent lower chance for vascular disease compared with singles. Divorced men and women were found to have a five percent higher risk of vascular disease and widowed people had three percent higher risk, both compared to the married and single groups. The positive impact was especially evident in people under 50 years of age.
Of course, as they mention, anyone can attempt to take charge of their vascular health—but it’s nice to know those rings you’re about to put on your fingers will help, too.
Read more about the study here.
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