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Can you believe the fact that married people suffer fewer fractures than those who are single? It might sound bizarre to you but according to a study after you get married, the chances of suffering a broken bone in old age reduces drastically.
People who tied the knot were less than half as likely to fracture their hip, upper arm or wrist as their single counterparts, according to a study.
Marriage adds to a protective effect on health. It could be because people who are married take care of each other better and take fewer risks with their health.
Osteoporosis is a condition in which bones become brittle. It is responsible for more than 500,000 fractures in the UK every year. Scientists found that higher income is linked to reduced chances of experiencing a fracture of the hip, upper arm or wrist compared with average income. Bones get weaker with age.
It mostly affects women who have been through the menopause but it can also affect younger women, men and children.
Divorcees and widowers more likely to break bones. Lead author Professor Nicholas Harvey said, “There is some evidence of better health behaviour, and better mental health amongst married than single individuals.”
“For example, married individuals may tend to eat more healthily and take fewer risks compared with single people, and perhaps be better at attending appointments and seeking medical help. Of course, it may be that people who are healthier are more likely to get married than people who are less healthy, but the evidence does not seem to support this, suggesting that marriage itself brings benefits to health.”
People who are married are healthier.
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Author: Akshita Jain
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