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Mar 7 2013 4:05PM
Marriage may not provide health benefits to all
Scientists have found out that marriage may not have health benefits for everyone. Picture: Getty Images
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TNA Reporter

Marriage is a process where people who are in love take their relationship to the next level by making it permanent.

Researchers have often pointed out the benefits that marriage could have on the health of a person. It was believed in the
past that marriage increases the longevity of a person's life.

However, contrary to popular beliefs, scientists have found out that marriage may not have health benefits for everyone,
according to a new study.

Researchers from the Ohio State University used data on about 789,000 people who participated in the National Health
Interview Survey from 1986 to 2004. In this survey, participants rated their own health on a five-point scale (excellent, very good, good, fair, poor).

They have made two discoveries where they found out that marriage provides less protection against mortality as health
deteriorates, though it was found to benefit those who are in excellent health. They also found out that married people tend
to overestimate how healthy they are, compared to unmarried people.

"We believe marriage is still good for the health of some people, but it is not equally protective for everyone. For those
who are already in poor health, marriage doesn't seem to provide any extra benefits," lead author of the study and an
assistant professor of sociology at The Ohio State University, Hui Zheng said. reports that “results generally held true for both men and women. They were also similar for all types of
unmarried people, including divorced, widowed and never married, as well as separated people.”

Zheng conducted the study with Patricia Thomas of the University of Texas at Austin whereby Thomas used follow-up data to identify the nearly 24 100 people who died between 1986 and 2006.

Previous studies that were conducted on the same data stated that unmarried people including divorced, separated, widowed and never married people, who rated their health as excellent, were two times at a higher risk of dying in the next three years.

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