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March 5, 2009

How Your Marriage Affects Your Heart

Filed under: health and wellness — Beverly Mahone @ 8:44 pm
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Women in strained marriages are more likely to feel depressed and suffer high blood pressure, obesity and other signs of “metabolic syndrome,” a group of risk factors for heart disease, stroke and diabetes, University of Utah psychologists found.

The same study found men in strained marriages also are more likely to feel depressed, yet – unlike women – do not face an increased risk of metabolic syndrome, which is characterized by five symptoms: hypertension, obesity around the waistline, high blood sugar, high triglycerides and low levels of HDL, which is “good cholesterol.”

Women who reported experiencing more conflict, hostility and disagreement with their spouses would be more depressed, which in turn would be associated with a higher risk of heart disease due to metabolic syndrome.  

Heart disease is the number one killer of women. 

So what’s the answer?   Try getting along better and enjoying each other more, which should improve your mood.  If that doesn’t work, get a divorce!


  1. Now, now Beverly. You know that divorce increases stress, puts a strain on your finances, and increases rage and violence, but the flip side to that is that you could find Mr. Pretty Good (I don’t believe there is a Mr. Right on this planet)and vastly improve your sex life, which has many health benefits. :0)

    Comment by Pam Archer — March 7, 2009 @ 5:37 am | Reply

  2. Very interesting information. I’ve heard for years that divorce increases a male’s chances for poor health and even early death. They seem to need a woman to take care of their needs. However, she might be shortening her own life doing so. What a conundrum!

    Comment by Eileen Williams — March 7, 2009 @ 4:11 pm | Reply

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