Does Glendale Divorce Decrease Your Life Expectancy?

Posted on Feb 08, 2012
Could getting divorced mean a decreased life expectancy? The University of Arizona recently released the results of a study that showed people who have gone through a divorce are more likely to die sooner than their married peers. The study was published in Perspectives on Psychological Science and consisted of a review of 32 separate studies. Altogether, this review encompassed 27 years of studies related to 6.5 million people in many different countries.

The results of this study showed that divorced adults are 23% more likely to die early than those who are part of a married couple. This put the risk on par with the early-death risks of smoking, obesity, and a sedentary lifestyle. Men had a particularly high risk, with a 31% risk for divorced men compared to married men.

Should I Be Worried if I'm Getting Divorced in Glendale?

Despite these findings, the study's authors want to be clear that this does not necessarily mean that divorce itself is bad for your health or that staying married will keep you healthy. Although the correlation exists between divorce and early death, many other factors could account for this difference, including depression, weight gain, and other issues that arise in the aftermath of divorce. Additionally, wives are often responsible for reminding husbands to see the doctor or eat better, which could account for the increased risk in divorced men. And, of course, it could be that underlying health issues lead to the divorce, rather than divorce leading to health issues.

Although the results of the study could be misleading, the Glendale divorce lawyers with Curry, Pearson & Wooten encourage you to remember to take care of yourself - physically and emotionally - when transitioning after a divorce. If you need help with any Arizona family law issues, please speak with us today.

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