Some men marry due to love, some because of financial reasons and others due to personal and family reasons. But few marry due to health. Should that change? Are married men actually healthier and do they live longer than their single colleagues? Here is the check:
Heart health: According to the results of a research of the University of California, married men have a 40% less risk to die following a heart disease and in general a 5% lower chance of a cardiovascular disease compared to singles. Researchers trace this difference back to the emotional support, physical and intellectual intimacy as well as the deeper social ties to their families. Singles you do not have this advantage but you can promote your heart with regular physical activity and by surrounding yourself with friends and family (Bushak, 2015). It is therefore a bit easier if you are married and you are being spoiled by your wife. But there is still hope for you singles! Advantage: Married
Mental health: The loved wife can however sometimes drive you crazy and cause stress. But so can isolation and loneliness – right singles? Over the long-term married men have therefore – despite regular family dramas – less symptoms of depression, they have a higher self-esteem and are happier than singles. Yet singles, have more time to see friends and have bigger friendship groups to make up for the loneliness (Bushak, 2015). But if your spouse welcomes you after a long day with freshly cooked food, all the family drama disappears and no married men would swap for being single right? Advantage: Married
Obesity: But the good food is not always an advantage and married people are therefore more likely to gain weight than their single counterparts. One study showed that married men were 25% more likely to be overweight or obese. Once you are settled in a comfortable routine with your partner, emphasis on looks and waistline begin to matter not as much anymore (Bushak, 2015). Men who are still on the market, exercise more and pay a greater emphasis on body and fitness (Knapton, 2015). Advantage: Single
Longevity: To be married and have a family comes with a lot of stressful responsibilities, which can however funnily enough result in a longer life. Research shows that married men have a 46% less rate of death than singles (Harvard Publications, 2010). This is due to the fact that responsibilities and a family give you something to live for. Married men recover faster from surgeries, commit less suicides, take more care of their own health and due to their wives they visit the doctor more frequently, do their check-ups and take their medications on time (Bushak, 2015). Advantage: Married
It looks like a happy marriage can actually reduce illness and that married men are healthier than singles. However, the healthiness depends of the quality of the marriage and how happy you are in it. Otherwise the opposite may result. But if you are reading this and you are single, there is still hope for you. With the right health insurance, adapted to your individual family situation, any life scenario can be managed. Anivo is 24/7 available to consult you personally about the right insurance for your living situation to be prepared for any illness. But this applies not just to lonely singles but to any married men out there. The right insurance and appropriate consultation for you and your family is essential and Anivo supports you with this at any time. But a recommendation of Anivo beforehand to all singles out there: If you are looking for a reason to marry, let it be the love marriage!
Bushak, L. (2015). Married Vs Single: What Science Says Is Better For Your Health. [online] Medical Daily. Available at: http://www.medicaldaily.com/married-vs-single-what-science-says-better-your-health-327878 [Accessed 8 Aug. 2016].
Harvard Publications, (2010). Marriage and men’s health – Harvard Health. [online] Harvard Health. Available at: http://www.health.harvard.edu/newsletter_article/marriage-and-mens-health [Accessed 8 Aug. 2016].
Knapton, S. (2015). Marriage is more beneficial for men than women, study shows. [online] The Telegraph. Available at: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2016/03/14/marriage-is-more-beneficial-for-men-than-women-study-shows/ [Accessed 8 Aug. 2016].