Live Longer Together

Multiple studies have shown that married men and women tend to live longer than their single counterparts, reaping both the mental and physical health benefits of marriage.

Marriage increases mental health, reducing symptoms of depression though studies don’t show why mental health is improved. Some researchers believe the social connection and intimate relationship provided by marriage can help people avoid depression. Married couples also tend to avoid heavy drinking, which may benefit mental and physical health.

Married people are more likely to have health insurance because spouses can be covered on each other’s insurances. In addition, married people tend to use their healthcare resources better by having preventative exams, having shorter hospital stays and being less likely to be admitted to a nursing home. Spouses can provide informal care to one another, keeping themselves out of doctor’s offices and hospitals.

Unfortunately, studies also show that married couples tend to carry more weight than their single counterparts, putting them at risk for heart problems and diabetes. Avoid marital weight gain by taking up healthy habits together, such as walking or jogging or cooking healthy meals. By keeping an eye on each other’s health and providing positive encouragement, married couples can help each other live long and healthy lives.

Learn how to improve your marriage through laughter and better communication at “A Tale of Two Brains” brought to you by Bon Secours for Women and Bon Secours for Men. On November 20, Mark Gungor, relationship speaker and pastor, will discuss the different ways men and women think and how you can use that information to improve your marriage. Learn more and register online at bshr.com/laugh.

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