Study: Bad Marriage Could Damage Heart

A lousy marriage might literally make you sick. Marital strife and other bad personal relationships can raise your risk for heart disease, researchers reported Monday. What it likely boils down to is stress — a well-known contributor to health problems, as well as a potential byproduct of troubled relationships, the scientists said.

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According to a study, married couples who argue constantly have the risk of damaging their health.

The couple in satisfying relationships is less likely to have the risk of heart problems than in unsatisfied relationships.

The stress that comes from unhappy marriage slows the blood protein production that is important for healing wounds.

Couples in unhappy marriage are stressed and therefore their blood pressure increases.

The stress hormone makes it harder for insulin process, putting in diabetes risk, which in turn becomes a risk factor for heart attacks.

According to the researchers, men and women who are in bad marriages suffer from increased levels of stress throughout the day at work place and at home.

Due to increased stress, they suffer from high blood pressure, which can raise the risk of heart failure or stroke.

Happy marriage helps the couple avoid heart failures and strokes. Staying single is better than staying in the unhappy marriage. Single ones will have good social network and good jobs and less stress than bad marriages. In bad marriages, there is increased problem of sleep disturbances that can raise blood pressure.

Is bad marriage affects only women?

In the study, stress indicators such as saliva cortisol levels, blood pressure and stress are measured in men and women. The results showed that men and women who are in unhappy marriage had high levels of cortisol in the morning after waking up and high levels of blood pressure and stress throughout the day than those people who are in happy marriage.

Therefore, the negative effects of unhappy marriage are equal in both men and women. The stress also is related to the higher risks of stroke, heart attacks, cancer and other health problems. Therefore, the results say that psychological factors such as marital stress can have negative impact on women’s and men’s mental and physical health as well.

Benefits with happy marriage:

Couple in happy marriage have better health and less likely to suffer from health conditions like headaches, back pain and psychological distress. In happy marriage, couples are less likely to smoke, drink alcohol and be physically inactive.

Even sick people, who are in happy marriage, live longer than people who are in unhappy marriage. Happy marriage improves mental and emotional well-being. It gives higher levels of happiness and satisfaction. It also leads to satisfying sex, which keeps your health in good condition. Happy marriage leads to a healthy life.