Marriage the Key to Longevit
Everyone wants to lead a long and happy life, but who lives longer – married couples or singletons?
There have been countless studies to try and determine what is the key to longevity, with varying results over the years.
So, are you better off being married or staying single?
Let’s take a closer look.
Do married people live longer?
Initially, it was believed that married people live longer. This was due to the fact that married couples tend to take fewer risks with their physical health and have better mental and emotional health than their unmarried counterparts.
Studies also showed that married people had more social and financial support, which increased their life expectancy.
However, in more recent years, research has indicated that the gap between the health and wellbeing of married and non-married people has lessened considerably due to several economic and social factors.
Do single people live longer?
In the past, non-married people, particularly non-married men, had a much lower life expectancy than married couples. However, this has changed over the years, and single people are now living longer than ever before.
In particular, single men live much longer than they did in the past, predominantly due to increased access to support and health services. Men are now much more likely to take responsibility for their own health and not rely on their wives to care for them and ensure their wellbeing, which has resulted in them living longer and healthier lives.
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Do widows have a lower life expectancy?
As you might expect, people who have lost a spouse have a lower life expectancy than both married people and single people. Becoming a widow is a devasting experience that understandably has an effect on both the mental and physical health of the person left behind.
Widows are more likely to be isolated today than in the past when communities would rally around to offer support, which also negatively affects their health and life expectancy.
How to increase your life expectancy?
Whether you are married, living with someone, single or widowed, there are steps that you can take to prolong your life and extend your life expectancy:
- Eat a balanced diet that is abundant with fresh fruits and vegetables.
- Get sufficient sleep. Ideally, 7-8 hours per night.
- Make sure you get enough exercise each day.
- Maintain a healthy weight.
- Do not smoke or use tobacco.
- Do not use illicit substances.
- Keep your brain active.
- Go for regular medical check-ups.
- Drink alcohol in moderation.
- Avoid sitting for long periods.
While it used to be the case that married couples outlived singles, this is no longer the case. Both married couples and single people can now live long and happy lives as long as they remain vigilant about their health and commit to leading a healthy lifestyle.
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