Marriages Good For People With Risk Of Heart Disease

6/30/2017 2:31:03 PM
written By : Team India Se Print

Marriages may be made in heaven, but you and your partner can choose to make it heaven or hell. A recent study has found that marriages are good for your health, boosting your chances of survival especially those related to the heart.

In a research presented at the British Cardiovascular Society conference, Dr Paul Carter and colleagues, said that they suspect marriage helps buffer against big heart disease risk factors, including cholesterol and high blood pressure.

The study looked at deaths from all causes, including heart disease. Men and women in their 50s, 60s and 70s with high cholesterol were 16 per cent more likely to be alive at the end of the 14-year ACALM study if they were married rather than single. The same was true for diabetes and high blood pressure, with married people having a survival advantage.

Dr Carter said: “We need to unpick the underlying reasons a bit more, but it appears there’s something about being married that is protective, not only in patients with heart disease but also those with heart disease risk factors. We’re not saying that everyone should get married though. We need to replicate the positive effects of marriage and use friends, family and social support networks in the same way.”

Dr Mike Knapton, of the British Heart Foundation, said: “The take-home message is that our social interactions, as well as medical risk factors such as high blood pressure, are important determinants of both our health and wellbeing.

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