Yet another study has been published that has found that divorce affects men’s health. This most recent research, entitled, “The Influence of Divorce on Men's Health,” and published in the Journal of Men’s Health, was conducted at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln. The study looks at a large collection of research on the subject and draws conclusions regarding why, exactly, the health of males suffers after the end of a relationship.
Just how badly is men’s health harmed by divorce? Divorced men have mortality rates 250 times higher than married men and researchers believe that it is because many aspects of a man’s life are affected: their biological health, psychological health, and spiritual health. Their blood pressure goes up, they report more sleep disturbances, and they suffer from more anxiety and depression. They do not see doctors as often, they abuse substances more, and they do not eat or exercise as well. The result is that they report more sicknesses at higher rates, spanning from the common cold and mobility issues to cancer and heart disease.
This study does not mean, of course, that men should never get divorced. Researchers say that the information uncovered in this study can help men be more aware of their health during and after a divorce. Getting ongoing medical care, taking care of your body, and simple awareness can help offset and eliminate some of the factors that lead to illness after divorce.
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