Marriage and Women’s Hearts
A study of 493 women who had been through menopause has shown that a happy marriage seems to help women decrease the risk of heart disease. The study chose menopausal women because they are more likely to have heart disease then other women.
In the study, women in happier marriages were more likely to exercise, to control their blood pressure and to keep their weight down. Additionally, they were less likely to suffer from depression and high cholesterol.
The study was done primary on Caucasian women, so further study would need to be done on other populations to see whether the results would be similar.
Health Psychology, September 2003