A study indicates a cause-and-effect relationship between a husband’s health and his relationship with his wife.
There have been indications before that a husband’s health was better if he was happily married. It hasn’t been clear, however, which was the cause and which the effect. Maybe a healthy husband is better able to stay on good terms with his wife. But a new study indicates that the marriage affect’s the man’s health rather than the other way around.
This has public health implications for how the government damages marriage for the sake of “progressive” values.
The New York Post reports, “Marriage troubles linked to health problems for men: study.”
The roller coaster relationship between spouses causes blood pressure, bad cholesterol and weight to rise and fall in men compared to those in a stable relationship.
When things are bad and the relationship deteriorating the blood pressure in men soar.
But when they got on better with their wives, men saw levels of their bad cholesterol and weight drop and generally saw cholesterol and blood pressure improve.
Studies have shown that marriage tends to be good for a man’s health and life expectancy.
But it has not been clear whether this observed link was influenced by the health of people entering into marriage or the protective effects of the marriage itself.
And most studies looked at the quality of a marriage and the risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD) at a single point in time, rather than the potential impact of changes over time.
So researchers from the universities of Bristol and Glasgow tracked changes in cardiovascular risk factors for 620 married fathers taking part in the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children (ALSPAC), which began in 1991.
The dads completed a questionnaire to assess the quality of their marital relationship when their child was nearly three and again when their child was nine.
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