by Kathy Jones on  January 28, 2011 at 9:37 PM Lifestyle News
 Marriage Linked to Major Health Benefits
A new report published in the British Medical Journal has suggested that married life provides a number of health benefits, both physically and mentally, and helps you to live longer.

Two researchers from University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff and Cardiff University's School of Medicine analyzed various studies conducted in seven major European countries and found that not only does marriage cheer you up mentally, it also increases your life expectancy by more than 15 percent.

The researchers went on to add that the benefits of marriage increased over time but only if the relationship was a loving and supporting one. One of the major reasons for an improved life was because happily married couple often ate healthy food while they also took better care of each other.

In contrast having many sexual partners or constant divorces are detrimental to the health which could also shorten the lifespan. Stating that commitment is the most important duty for a man the researchers wrote "Commitment seems to provide networks of supportive and helpful relationships, beginning with the spouse or partner, leading to more healthy lifestyles and better emotional and physical health."

Source: Medindia

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