Marriage has benefits for your heart, not just in a romantic or sentimental way, by physically also.
A new study has shown that married people have much better chances of surviving after a heart surgery, than those who are alone, divorced or widowed. However, it is important to mention that researchers have issued a warning about this study saying that the link between the two is an association and not a consequence. Therefore, being married will boost your chance of recovery, but it will not guarantee it.
Nevertheless, the study is interesting. 1500 people over the age of 50 were questioned and analyzed and they have been interviewed every two years about the state of their health since 1998. The results were that married people seemed to have a better life. So, of course, scientists started wondering why that was.
First of all, it seems that the people who had been in marriages before the heart operation as well were better cared for, had had less illnesses and less injuries. This made for a quicker and better recovery of their bodies after the surgery. The levels were different than those of single people, simply because the married ones had someone to look after them their whole life, so, physically, they suffered less.
The second reason would be that married people had someone to look after them night and day after the surgery as well. Usually, a person in this situation, during the recovery, has a difficult time eating, bathing, dressing or walking, therefore, having your spouse to help you do all that for you definitely increases your chances of getting better or surviving. Whereas, people who are not alone have a more difficult time finding help.
The study was conducted at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and its lead author is Dr. Mark Neuman. Although the results are a testimonial that couple life is better than unmarried or single life, how much more proof for that do we really need? It’s great to find out that being in a loving and committed relationship has wonderful effects on you, of course, but that was a given. It is interesting, though, to find out it doesn’t only benefit your psyche, by keeping you comfortable, happy and secure, but it also benefits you physically, through the constant aid and protection your partner strives to offer.
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