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Bad Marriage Affects Women’s Health

Bad Marriage Affects Women’s Health

Of course a bad marriage can cause a headache–but how about high blood pressure, obesity and other signs of “metabolic syndrome”? A new University of Utah study published this week shows that women in strained marriages are indeed more likely to face an increased risk of metabolic syndrome.

Yet the study which focused on the role of marriage quality and heart disease found that while men in strained marriages felt more depressed–unlike women, they do not face an increased risk of metabolic syndrome, which is characterized by five symptoms: Hypertension, obesity around the waistline, high blood sugar, high triglycerides and low levels of HDL (“good cholesterol”).

“The gender difference is important because heart disease is the number-one killer of women as well as men, and we are still learning a lot about how relationship factors and emotional distress are related to heart disease,” says the study’s first author, Nancy Henry.

“We know from previous research that women are more sensitive and responsive to relationship problems than men,” Henry says. “The results of this study suggest those problems could harm their health. Understanding the emotional and relationship health of couples can be an important overall factor in understanding physical health. Improving aspects of intimate relationships might help your emotional and physical well-being.”

Looks like whoever coined the term “broken heart” may have been spectacularly insightful. For more about marriage and health-boosting, see:

Making Love Sustainable
10 Signs of a Conscious Marriage
5 Reasons to Have Sex Today!

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By Melissa Breyer, Senior Editor, Healthy & Green Living

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Melissa Breyer

Melissa Breyer is a writer and editor with a background in sustainable living, specializing in food, science and design. She is the co-author of True Food (National Geographic) and has edited and written for regional and international books and periodicals, including The New York Times Magazine. Melissa lives in Brooklyn, NY.


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7:24AM PST on Dec 7, 2012

Only women? Surely not.

5:00AM PST on Dec 5, 2012

OOPS! NOT surprising, sorry for the misprint.

4:59AM PST on Dec 5, 2012

No surprising.

3:54AM PDT on Oct 30, 2012

thanks for the share

2:16AM PDT on Sep 17, 2012

Thanks, your information explains a few health issues that I'm experiencing and gives me more incentives to sort my life out.

2:21PM PDT on Sep 13, 2012


7:44AM PDT on Sep 13, 2012

Thanks for sharing.

7:28PM PDT on Sep 12, 2012

so true!

7:24AM PDT on Sep 12, 2012

thank you

12:50AM PDT on Sep 12, 2012

Lisa S. would get 1 gazillion green stars if I could send her that many!!!

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