Population Reference Bureau September 2010
Marriage improves health indicators and decreases the risk of certain diseases, according to a report in the Harvard Men’s Health Watch based on a survey of 127,545 American adults.1 On the other hand, marital stress, divorce, and the death of a spouse have the opposite effect, particularly on men. Studies over the years have found that marriage confers some health advantages that married men enjoy over their never-married, widowed, and divorced counterparts.2 Three factors contribute to overall better health for married men. Married men enjoy biological advantages, which reduce their risk of certain diseases. …Marriage also influences behavioral factors, several of which contribute to better cumulative health. …Furthermore, the psychological advantages of marriage include reduced risk of depression, lower incidence of isolation, and easier access to social interaction.