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Science Is Settled: Marriage Is Good For Your Heart


Marriage is indeed good for your heart, and now there’s scientific evidence to prove it. Actual science, not Al Gore/Bill Nye-like science.

Researchers at NYU Langone Medical Center have released a study showing married people have a significantly less chance of developing cardiovascular problems than their unmarried counterparts.

Via Lab Manager:

Analysis of surveys of more than 3.5 million American men and women, administered at some 20,000 health centers across the country — believed to be the largest analysis of its kind ever performed — found that married people, regardless of age, sex, or even cardiovascular risk factors, had significantly less chances of having any kind of cardiovascular disease than those who were single, divorced or widowed.

Some of the key findings indicate that married people overall develop cardiovascular disease at a 5% lower rate than single people, while married couples under 50 have a 12% lower chance of getting the disease, and couples between 51 and 60 are still at a 7% lower rate.

Jeffrey Berger, NYU Langone cardiologist, stated that “Our survey results clearly show that when it comes to cardiovascular disease, marital status does indeed matter.”

He cited emotional and physical support systems provided by marriage as possible reasons for their findings.

So there you have it – Marriage isn’t just good for societal and family well-being, it’s good for your heart.