The never married are a diverse and complex group. The health status of single men tends to be poorer than for married men, while never married women tend to enjoy better health than other women. In later life, the never married are more likely to face economic insecurity and weaker social support networks than their married counterparts. Studies suggest that single men are more depressed, report lower levels of well-being and life satisfaction and poorer health, and are more likely to commit suicide than single women.
It is also found that loneliness impairs cognition and willpower, alters DNA transcription in immune cells, and leads to high blood pressure over a time period.
Never married men are more likely to die from cancer
Håkon Kravdal from the University of Oslo and Dr Astri Syse from the Cancer Registry of Norway looked at survival data from patients diagnosed with cancer between 1970 and 2007 and compared this to their marital status – married, never married, divorced/separated, or widowed. The results show that the unmarried have a greater risk of mortality regardless of site of tumour, time since diagnosis, and cancer stage. Moreover, over the 40 years for the study, the effect of never having been married on mortality increased from 18% to 35% for men and from 17% to...
22% for women.
They explained, “The differences in survival between unmarried and married people with cancer could possibly be explained by better general health at time of diagnosis or better adherence to treatment regimes and follow ups. One problem with this kind of study is that cohabiting people are scattered throughout the never married, divorced/separated, or widowed groups. Consequently, presuming cohabiters to have the same benefits as married couples, the actual differences between couples and singletons are probably much higher.”
You might have heard a lot of things about married people that might be keeping you single till date, but the study gives unmarried men and women a reason to get married. Can we say get married and stay healthy!