Struggling with these health conditions? Get married to help you live longer


    New Delhi: A new research suggests that marriage may be the key to a longer life.

    Scientists, including one of Indian origin, found that tying the knot cuts the risk of death from high blood pressure, cholesterol and diabetes.

    “Some of our earlier studies have shown that people who suffer a heart attack will have higher survival rates if they are married. This new study has helped to unpick some of the underlying factors behind this,” said Rahul Potluri from Aston University in the UK.
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    Researchers studied over a million adults with the three main risk factors for heart disease – high blood pressure, high cholesterol and type 2 diabetes. They then conducted a follow up after five years later.

    The team found that people with high cholesterol were 16 per cent more likely to be alive at the end of the study if they were married.

    The same was true for diabetes and high blood pressure, with married people having 14 per cent and 10 per cent higher survival respectively compared to those who were single, ‘The Sun’ reported.

    “Our research suggests that marriage offers a protective effect, which is probably down to having support in controlling the key risk factors for heart disease,” said Paul Carter, lead researcher from Aston University.

    Scientists believe the difference in survival rates between married and unmarried people with the conditions is because of the encouragement and the care they received from their partners.

    Those who have a spouse are more likely to take their medication, eat healthily and get enough exercise. They have someone to care for them in sickness and in health, thereby reducing their risk of dying from three very common health conditions than those who are single.

    “The findings should not be seen as a reason to get married, but rather as encouragement for people to build strong support networks with their families and friends,” Carter said.

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