If you’re a younger woman dating an older man and you’re hoping that marriage will be the next step in your May-December relationship, here’s a bit of news you might want to share with him. And if you’re the older man who’s dating that younger woman, then pay attention, because this news might just change your life.
According to new research presented to the American College of Cardiology, marriage has been scientifically shown to benefit the heart, especially for those over the age of 50. The team behind the study examined the medical records for 3.5 million Americans to look for cases of heart disease. The findings showed that married people had a five percent lower risk of heart disease and a 19% lowered risk of dangerous plaque buildup in the arteries.
Meanwhile, older men who were widowers or divorced had a significantly higher risk of heart problems, including coronary artery disease, which, by the way, is one of the leading causes of death among Americans.
Although the findings of this research don’t necessarily say that marriage will absolutely prevent heart disease, they do show that marriage can improve an older man’s health, whether it’s just through simple companionship, or by having someone to manage doctors’ appointments and prescriptions.
If your older man is still on the fence about marriage, this health news might just be the nudge he needs to start shopping for a ring.
What do you think: Can marriage really improve an older man’s health?
Ostrow, N., “Marriage Is a Prescription for a Healthy Heart, Study Suggests,” Bloomberg web site, March 28, 2014; http://goo.gl/VKTYKp.