After putting other factors aside, a single man in the 1960s have 64 percent risk of getting a stroke three decades (30 years) later compared to their colleagues who were married. However, the risk of stroke in men who get married are also still high, especially if the marriage is unhappy.
The results presented at the American Stroke Association conference in 2010 was consistent with the literature that says that the support of the spouse can increase a person’s health status.
“People who are married are usually more concerned about health. They are more likely to see a doctor when sick, and tend to have a healthy diet,” said Daniel Lackland, a professor of epidemiologic and neuroscience from and Medical University of South Carolina USA.
The study of stroke and marital status was conducted by scientists in Israel, involving 10.059 men who participated in the Israeli ischemic Heart Disease Study in 1963. By using records of death, the researchers looked for a track record of health of the respondents until 1997.
Approximately 8.4 percent of the unmarried in 1963, both still-single, divorced, or widowers, apparently died of a stroke after 34 years. The figure is slightly larger than married people, 7.1 percent.
The analysis result also shows the socio-economic factors and other risk factors, such as obesity, hypertension, and smoking. Presence or absence of diabetes and heart disease at the beginning of the study was also calculated.
Although this study involved only male respondents, the researchers said that the risk is not much different to women. “Our partners are usually more concerned with the symptoms or signs of disease that we suffer so we get much faster treatment. As a result, the risk of complications or fatal strokes would be reduced,” explained Lackland.Tagged with: diabetes and heart disease, epidemiologic, health status, Healthy Diet, heart disease study, neuroscience, single man,