Being single can prove bad for your health, suggest researchers at the University College London. In the study of over 10,000 people born in England, Scotland and Wales, the researchers observed that while marriage was found to be more beneficial to men, divorced women who have another relationship had health almost as good as women who were happily married.
Dr. George Ploubidis at the University College London, said, "If you happen to be a single person it is not positive. As long as people bounced back into another relationship, that short term effect divorce might have on health does not have a long term impact. Also, women whose marriage broke in 20s or 30s were at greater risk of heart attacks. Men benefit the most health-wise from remarrying or moving in with their new partner. The surprising finding was that men who divorced in their late 30s and did not remarry later, were less likely to suffer from conditions related to diabetes in early middle age compared to those who were married. The couple's income too played an important part in affecting health. However, singletons who have never married, lived together or remarry suffer the worse health by middle age."
AdvertisementThe study appears online in the American Journal of Public Health.
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