Health, The Good Life
Over the years there’s been a lot of evidence that married people are healthier than singles. Now here’s some more, with a bit of a twist. It shows that a happy marriage is good for your blood pressure, but a troubled one may be worse than being single.
That latter finding is the one that’s a bit of a surprise because prior studies have shown that married people tend to be healthier than singles overall.
Study volunteers wore devices that recorded their blood pressure at random times over 24 hours. Married participants also filled out questionnaires about their marriage.
Analysis found that the more marital satisfaction the spouses reported, the lower their average blood pressure was.
But spouses who scored low in marital satisfaction had higher average blood pressure than did single people..
Researcher Julianne Holt-Lunstad says it’s going to take further study to sort out what the results mean for long-term health. But the bottom line may be one less reason to stay in a bad marriage.