Relationship problems might be affecting men more than we would think, and a new study confirms. Marriage is really important in determining the health of the spouses, and any kind of trouble which disturbs their relationship has serious consequences on the health of the husband. Problems lead to high blood pressure and levels of bad cholesterol, as well as weight fluctuations in men. However, if the relationship improves, their health improves as well.
To what extent do relationship problems affect men?
Researchers have been thinking for quite a long time that marriage is beneficial for a man’s health. However, they hadn’t been able to tell if marriage was the one that improved one’s condition, or the person’s health at the beginning of marriage was more important. Previous studies didn’t look at the evolution of cardiovascular problems in married men but rather measured them at a specific point in time.
Therefore, a team of researchers from the University of Bristol and University of Glasgow decided to start a longitudinal study on 620 married men, who also had children. The observations started in 1991, and have lasted until recently. Firstly, the men had to answer a questionnaire regarding their relationship with their wife when the child was three. Then, they repeated the questionnaire when the child turned nine.
Researchers measured men’s health throughout the entire marriage
Between 2011 and 2013, when all the children must have turned 19, researchers assessed the cardiovascular risk of the men by measuring their blood pressure, cholesterol levels, body mass index, and blood glucose levels. Researchers have given time for any health changes to occur, according to the relationship problems the men had been experiencing.
The study also accounted for other factors which might influence the evolution of cardiovascular diseases and discovered that married men, in general, have a lower risk of dying from such conditions. However, relationship problems had a big impact on blood pressure and cholesterol levels. Therefore, marriage really does count for a man, and any kind of trouble can disturb his balance.
The longitudinal study has been published in the Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health.
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