It can be compared to risk factors such as smoking and lack of physical activity
Dissatisfaction with family life can lead to premature death in men, according to a large study by psychologists from the University of Tel Aviv, quoted by the website Eurek Alert.
A failed marriage affects men’s life expectancy and can be compared to risk factors such as smoking and lack of physical activity, scientists say.
The survey was collected for 32 years and involved about 10,000 Israeli men. At the beginning of the study, participants were over 40 years old. Since then, 64% of men have died as a result of various diseases.
At the beginning of the study, participants had to rank their satisfaction with marriage on a scale from 1 (marriage is very successful) to 4 (marriage is unsuccessful).
Scientists are monitoring stroke-related deaths and premature deaths from a variety of causes.
It turns out that the number of deaths from stroke is 69% higher among those who assessed their marriage as unsuccessful compared to those who are satisfied with their family life. For men who died prematurely from other causes, the difference was 19% in favor of those who chose to be happily married.
“Our study shows that marital satisfaction affects life expectancy. Men who perceive their family life as a failure die younger than those who are happy with it. The level of marital satisfaction emerges as a factor that can to be used in predicting life expectancy, comparable to smoking and physical activity, “said Dr. Shahar Lev-Ari, who is part of the research team.
The findings of the study are published in the journal Journal of Clinical Medicine.