There may be something in this but it could equally be that healthier men have happier marriages. Basing any conclusions on just 3.6% of your sample seems a bit wacky, though. That 3.6% might have had other things wrong with them other than being dissatisfied with their marriage. Perhaps they were just generally dissatisfied and unhappy etc.
Happily-married men are much less likely to suffer a stroke than their single or unhappily married friends, according to research. Single men and those in unsuccessful marriages were 64 per cent more likely to have a stroke than men in successful marriages. Scientists said having an unhappy marriage or being single was as big a risk to men’s chances of having a stroke as suffering from diabetes.
Their research followed 10,059 civil servants and council workers who completed the Israeli Ischaemic Heart Disease Study in 1963. They tracked the men to 1997 to check their cause of death. In 1965, two years after the first study, the participants were asked to rate their marriages as successful or unsuccessful, or to say if they have never married.
Dr Uri Goldbourt, of Tel Aviv University, who carried out the study, said: ‘An analysis of the 3.6 per cent of men who had reported dissatisfaction in their marriage found the adjusted risk of a fatal stroke was 64 per cent higher, compared with men who considered their marriages very successful. ‘I had not expected that unsuccessful marriage would be of this statistical importance.’ Dr Goldbourt said the risk of stroke was just as high for single men as it was for those stuck in dead end marriages.
He reached his conclusions after making statistical adjustments for factors such as social class, obesity, blood pressure, smoking habits and family size, as well as existing diabetes-and heart disease. The study did not look at whether women’s chance of suffering strokes was reduced if they had a happy marriage.
Dr Goldbourt admitted his research had several limitations. ‘There was a lack of data on nonfatal versus fatal strokes and on participants’ medical treatment after the first five years of the initial study,’ he said. ‘Women also weren’t included.’
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