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Men Married to Smart Women Live Longer

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Men Married to Smart Women Live Longer

By Randy Fritz

Are Men Really That Helpless?

Women have known throughout the ages that men are hopeless at taking care of themselves. A study by the experts at Stockholm University has proven this.

The Facts:

Data from a 1990 Swedish Census showed that the factor that was the best predictor of a long life for a man was the level his wife’s education and not the man’s education.

It was already a proven fact that man will live longer with any woman at his side. Married men live longer than single men.

This had been found before in many past studies, but it was hard to tell just which came first – the chicken or the egg. Researchers could always question, “Do married men live longer than their single counterparts because marriage helps them in some way or is there something about men who live longer that predisposes them to marry? (Perhaps being smarter)!”

Now we know for sure it is the woman’s touch.

This is probably why a US health expert suggests a nagging wife can help a man to live to a ripe old age.

Dr. Robert Butler, director of the National Institute on Aging, suggests that women “could nag then a little more on certain things. To be moderate in smoking and drinking, for instance and keeping them physically more active.”

The Implications (musings from a man)

The trouble with men is that we don’t seem to know how bad we are at taking care of ourselves.

We think we are pretty good at just about everything!

We don’t even think much about nutrition, and acid alkaline balance is something we do to start the car in the morning.

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Diana Herrington

Diana Herrington turned a debilitating health crisis into a passion for helping others with healthy, sugar-free, gluten-free, eating and cooking. After testing and researching every possible healthy therapy on her delicate system she has developed simple, powerful principles which she shares in her recent book Eating Green and Lean, and as host to Care2 groups: Healthy Living Network and Healthy Cooking. She is the head chef at Real Food for Life, where she shares recipes and tips. Sign up for the Real Food for Life weekly newsletter or catch her on Facebook or Twitter (@DancinginLife).


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6:27PM PST on Jan 3, 2013

yeah i tend to agree with this to a degree, i have no advanced degree, i have almost enough credits to equal an associates but i have never finished college, my wife has a masters degree and wants to get her masters, ever since i married her i have been more conscious of my health, may cause me to live longer, but i dont think her being smart has anything to do with it lol but good article non-the-less

6:33AM PST on Feb 22, 2012

Haha, this is cool.

12:22AM PST on Feb 10, 2012

thank you.

1:53PM PST on Jan 19, 2012

very much obviously, women are a lot better on making good decisions than men are.

10:23AM PST on Jan 17, 2012

This article is as crappy as the others posted on this site about marriage. Marry for love. Marry because you cannot stand to be apart from the other person. Any other reason is just wrong.

3:29AM PST on Jan 7, 2012

it all depends on the man and what you mean by being smart. As far as I and my wife and our 41 years and counting marriage are concerned the entire article could not be further from the truth. It's also very sexist.

4:12AM PST on Dec 28, 2011

Depends on the person.................

10:32PM PST on Dec 18, 2011

lol. of course! : )

7:15PM PST on Dec 16, 2011

i agree with marrying a smart woman, but not for the purpose of being "taken care of". this article is pretty sexist. i take care of myself, wash my own clothes, clean up after myself, do more household chores than my girlfriend does, eat right and exercise because i want to. i don't need anybody to look after me or take care of me. i chose an intelligent girlfriend because i love being able to have good conversations with her.

5:17AM PST on Dec 16, 2011

Good news to my sweetheart then, but I'm not sure if I will marry him. I wonder if I should get another college degree to prove myself to be even better for him. Been planning on it.

What, it's not based on degrees, the smartness? Good day everyone. :)

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