Marital Problems Harm Your Physical Health Over Time
May 13, 2006
Marital trouble can accelerate the declining health associated with aging.
Although much research has indicated that married people are often healthier, an unhappy marriage can lead to heart disease and other health problems. A new study shows that this can be particularly damaging to the health of the elderly.
The study looked at a survey of over 1,000 married men and women who were interviewed several times over an eight-year period. They were asked questions about their marital quality, and also asked to rate their physical health.
When the researchers divided the subjects into narrow age groups, they found that only the older seniors who endured stormy marriages suffered from noticeably poorer health. Conversely, older adults with happier marriages were the only ones to show health benefits.Health problems due to chronic stress can build up over the years, and older adults are also more vulnerable to such problems due to age-related immune function decline and other issues.