Men whose marriages get stronger over the years have healthier blood pressure and cholesterol than those in a deteriorating relationship, a study said on Tuesday.
Researchers questioned more than 600 Britons to define the “quality” of their marriage at two points in their life: when their child was three years old and when he was 9. They could define it as good, bad, improving or getting worse.
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12 years later, the team measured the health of the participants, especially the risk factors for cardiovascular diseases.
The men who described their marriages as “improving” had a better cholesterol level and a healthier weight, according to the study published in the Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health.
In contrast, the blood pressure for those whose union “deteriorated” worsened years later.
“Changes in the quality of marriage seem to predict the risk of cardiovascular disease,” the study authors said.
On the other hand, there were no significant differences between men whose relationship was good or poor.
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