It's great being single, isn't it? You get to sleep on either side of the bed; you never have to wait for the bathroom; you've got all that "I time." Except, well, you may be one of the unlucky singles who keel over about one decade earlier than your married friends, according to a new study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology.
The researchers found the risk of death was 32 percent higher across a lifetime for single men compared to married men. Single women face a 23 percent higher mortality risk, compared to married women.
In real numbers, ďunder the worse-case scenario,Ē single men could die about eight to 17 years earlier than their married male friends; also women don't fare much better. They could die seven to 15 years earlier than their married female counterparts.
The researchers speculate their longevity findings could be tied to poorer health benefits, meager public assistance and less income for singles. And some singles may not have the same social support that married couples have by default.
In real life situation sometimes itís just easier to be healthier and less of a risk taker when youíre married. Though single people can get some of that same support from parents, siblings and friends.
Of course, the perfect study to answer this thorny question of whether marriage really does impart health benefits would be, well, unethical; randomly assigning people to stay single or to get married, and then following them throughout their lives.
Then thereís the question of the quality of marriage, good, bad, indifferent, and its effect on longevity.
I donít think you need a study to tell people that a lousy marriage is going to be bad for someoneís health.
Do you support these findings?