Stephen: Study suggests marriage linked to longer lifespan

According to a new study released by the National Center for Health Statistics, people who are married live longer, and the longevity gap between them and singles is growing, UPI reports. The death rate for married people declined 7 percent between 2010-2017, while the death rate for never marrieds declined only 2 percent. The death rate for divorced people stayed flat, while the rate for the widowed rose 6 percent. Part of the marriage benefit is that healthier people are more likely to marry, and married people are more likely to have health insurance and access to quality health care. “Having somebody there who’s your spouse will tend to promote positive health behaviors–going to the doctor, eating better, getting screened,” said researcher Michael Rendal.

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