Marriage Lowers the Risk for Heart Attack and Stroke
It’s no secret that heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. Every year about 610,000 people die from heart disease. About 140,000 people die from a stroke.
However, health lifestyle habits can help reduce the risk for heart disease and stroke. And it isn’t complicated. Simple choices can make a big difference like:
- Eat mostly a plant-based diet
- Exercise at least 30 minutes a day
- Get 7 to 8 hours of sleep per night
- Lose weight or maintain a healthy weight
- Control cholesterol with diet, exercise, and medication if necessary
- Avoid or limit alcohol
- Don’t smoke, or quit if you do
- Manage stress in healthy ways
These are proven ways to reduce the risk for heart disease and stroke. But there’s at least one more thing that makes a difference...marriage.
In a recent study, researchers compared health risks of married couples to single people. And they found that marriage can have a positive impact on disease prevention. They also found that people who aren’t married or widowed have a significantly higher risk for developing heart disease or dying from heart disease.
The study published in the journal Heart, doesn’t suggest getting married will prevent heart disease or stroke. But there appears to be a correlation that’s worth studying further.
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