News, March 2008
Happy marriage boon for healthy heart
www.chinaview.cn 2008-03-21 08:34:30
BEIJING, March 21 (Xinhuanet)--
A Brigham Young University study showed the happily married people have lower blood pressure than those unhappily married or singles, according to Thursday's Annals of Behavioral Medicine.
The study, involving 204 married and 99 single adults, who wore portable blood pressure monitors for 24 hours, found that the unhappily married adults have higher blood pressure than both happily married and single adults.
Researchers found that the former scored four points lower on the blood pressure readings than the latter.
The study found that blood pressure among married people -- especially those in happy marriages -- dipped more during sleep than in single people.
But for an unhappy marriage, that's another story, as the study also found that unhappily married adults have higher blood pressure than both happily married and single adults.
On the other hand, having a healthy social network, though a plus for singles' blood pressure, did not translate into a blood pressure benefit for singles or the unhappily married people, according to the study.
"There seem to be some unique health benefits from marriage. It's not just being married that benefits health -- what's really the most protective of health is having a happy marriage," study author Julianne Holt-Lunstad, a psychologist who specializes in relationships and health, said in a prepared statement.
Of course, other factors -- including diet, exercise, smoking and stress -- also affect blood pressure. Those factors count for everyone, single or married, happy or not, the study said.
Editor: Lu Hui
Fair Use Notice
This site contains copyrighted material the use of which has not always been specifically authorized by the copyright owner. We are making such material available in our efforts to advance understanding of environmental, political, human rights, economic, democracy, scientific, and social justice issues, etc. We believe this constitutes a 'fair use' of any such copyrighted material as provided for in section 107 of the US Copyright Law. In accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107, the material on this site is distributed without profit to those who have expressed a prior interest in receiving the included information for research and educational purposes. For more information go to: http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/17/107.shtml. If you wish to use copyrighted material from this site for purposes of your own that go beyond 'fair use', you must obtain permission from the copyright owner.
Opinions expressed in various sections are the sole responsibility of their authors and they may not represent ccun.org.