August 20, 2011

AT LEAST THERE'S NO ONE TO MISS THEM:

Single people may die younger, new study finds: Single men could die about a decade earlier than married men. Single women don't fare much better, new research finds (Joan Raymond, 8/2011, msnbc.com)

Although many studies point to the fact that singles just don't fare as well in terms of health and longevity compared to the married, this new research shows "just how poorly the singles do," explains lead author David Roelfs, assistant professor of sociology at the University of Louisville, Ky.

The researchers analyzed the data from some 90 previous studies, which included about 500 million people, and compared the risk of mortality for singles from those studies -- defined as those who never married -- to that of a married group, excluding those who are divorced or widowed.

The researchers found the risk of death was 32 percent higher across a lifetime for single men compared to married men. Single women face a 23 percent higher mortality risk, compared to married women.

In real numbers, "under the worse-case scenario," single men could die about eight to 17 years earlier than their married male friends, says Roelfs, citing that nearly all of the data was gleaned from studies conducted in the last 60 years. Women don't fare much better. They could die seven to 15 years earlier than their married female counterparts.


Atomization isn't healthy? Whodda dreamt?


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