Is marriage beneficial to overall health?

22 March 2013

Despite research previously indicating marriage comes with multiple health benefits, a new study claims it may not be as good for people as believed.

Scientists at Ohio State University claim that marriage provides less protection against mortality as health deteriorates. What's more, married people overestimate how healthy they are compared to single people.

Hui Zheng, lead author of the study, commented: "We believe marriage is still good for the health of some people, but it is not equally protective for everyone. For those who are already in poor health, marriage doesn’t seem to provide any extra benefits."

This holds true for both sexes, according to the researchers. However, their findings did confirm that being unmarried does increase risk of death within three years.

What has been demonstrated, however, is that as self-rated health declines, the mortality advantage for married people diminishes.

This suggests that while marriage may help protect against disease, once a person becomes seriously ill this changes.

Posted by Edward Bartel

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