Marriage Makes You Stronger: And 4 Other Health Benefits of Tying the Knot

Your partner may drive you crazy with their snoring and pushing you off the bed. He/she may push to the brink of madness with numerous strange and annoying habits. But, your life partner could be making you stronger and healthier. According to expert studies, older people who are married are physically stronger than their unmarried counterparts. So, could there be other hidden health benefits from being married? Or are you putting up with the wet towel and dirty socks for nothing?

Let’s find out the health benefits of getting hitched.

  • Less Chance of Heart Attacks

Marriage is said to reduce the risk of heart attacks in both spouses. According to study, women with a significant other are found to be much healthier and up to 65% less likely to have a heart attack or a stroke, while men, same as women were in much better shape and are 66% less likely to have a heart attack.

  • Encourages Safer Behaviour

A married couple is considerably less likely to engage in risky behaviours such as substance abuse or drinking and driving. Experts suggest that married couples are more aware that they have somebody who depends on them, and that they put self-preservation above all else.

  • Lower Stress Levels

Tying the knot with your loved one can drastically reduce the stress levels and depression. Even though marriage takes a lot of effort and compromising, it makes life easier for people to have someone share the stress with. Marriage has a dampening effect on cortisol responses (a hormone released when in great stress that makes you feel queasy) to psychological stress, and can, therefore, act as a buffer against stress.

  • Higher Chance of Recovering from Major Surgery

A supportive and loving spouse can be the key to recovering from an invasive medical procedure. For instance, if one of the partners is undergoing coronary bypass surgery, somewhere in the depths of your mind, your other half helps you stay on track. This gives hope to survival.

What Doesn’t Make You Weak, Makes You Stronger

It has been proven, those who marry have a much higher likelihood of living longer, healthier, and happier. These benefits are exclusive to marriage. For better or for worse, married people tend to enjoy healthier lives, both physically and mentally. So, marriage and its immense health benefits should be recognized. Tying the knot with the right person is imperative and profound in many ways.

Dr. Divaanshu Gupta

Dr. Divaanshu Gupta is a cardiac anaesthesiologist in Manipal Hospital, Jaipur. He has done his M.B.B.S. as well as M.D. Anaesthesia from S.M.S. Medical College. He has a vast experience of working in various critical care units of government as well as corporate hospitals.

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