Your happy marriage may help keeping your blood pressure healthy. This is what a new study has articulated. According to the new study, marriage is really beneficial for blood pressure.
The study involving 204 married people and 99 single men and women of about 20-68 (average age 31) years old found that most of the singles - 89% - had never been married; none was living with a partner. The married people had been married for eight year.
In the study, the researchers including Julianne Holt-Lunstad, PhD, of Brigham Young University's psychology department found that the participants wore a blood pressure monitor that tracked their blood pressure around the clock for 24 hours. They also rated their marital satisfaction in a survey.
The researchers found that happily married people had the better blood pressure the Singles, who ranked at second. However, the unhappily married had the worst blood pressure of those three groups.
The study also recognized a healthy social network was a plus for singles' blood pressure. However that didn't match the blood pressure advantage of being happily married. Of course, the other factors, such as diet, exercise, smoking, and stress - also affect blood pressure. Those factors count for everyone, single or married, happy or not.
Published in the Annals of Behavioral Medicine, the new study establishes close relation between blood pressure and marriage. However, the study is not meant to describe every single or married person's blood pressure. The study was published in the March 20, 2008.