Study: Married folks have fewer heart problems
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Tuesday, April 08, 2014 06:37 PM

Research presented at the American College of Cardiology meeting suggests that “married people are less likely than singles, divorced or widowed folks to suffer any type of heart or blood vessel problem.”  This is the largest look at marriage and heart health,

USA Today reports.  

They report that the study found:  Married people had a 5 percent lower risk of any cardiovascular disease compared to single people. Widowed people had a 3 percent greater risk of it and divorced people, a 5 percent greater risk, compared to married folks.  Marriage seemed to do the most good for those under age 50; they had a 12 percent lower risk of heart-related disease than single people their age.  Smoking, a major heart risk, was highest among divorced people and lowest in widowed ones. Obesity was most common in those single and divorced. Widowed people had the highest rates of high blood pressure, diabetes and inadequate exercise.

CBS News reports that investigators found that the “benefits were found in women as well as men, and regardless of other heart disease risk factors they had such as high cholesterol or diabetes.”

FOX News reported that the study indicated that “the protective effects of marriage were even more pronounced among younger participants, indicating that it isn’t just age that makes widowed or divorced people more likely to develop heart disease.” The researchers found that “young married participants under the age of 50 had a 12 percent lower risk of developing cardiovascular disease compared to young” people who were not married.