April 4, 2008


Men more likely to die of broken heart: Study (PTI, April 04, 2008)

Researchers in Britain have found that bereft people face the risk of death in the first year of being widowed.

In fact, men are six times more likely to die of a broken heart than women. According to lead researcher Dr Jaap Spreeuw of the Cass Business School in London, the study has confirmed the existence of 'broken heart syndrome.

"We all know that the death of a loved one will have massive impact on the life of the husband or wife left behind, but this shows it will have direct impact on their mortality. It statistically proves that people can die of a broken heart during the earliest stages of bereavement," he said.

"The effect is stronger for older people who have been married longer. The good news is that after the first years of mourning, the chance of dying goes down," Dr Spreeuw added.

Strange that men are thought not to feel because they don't cry at Hallmark ads.

Posted by Orrin Judd at April 4, 2008 7:47 AM

Yet another thing people don't need a study to tell them. Back in the 1960s, when the concept of "retirement" was fairly new, my father had a job with the phone company that required him to call the company's retirees in his city and make sure they were getting their pension checks, etc. He found out pretty quickly that the average lifespan of a man who'd worked for the phone company for 40 years and then been pensioned off was either six months or twenty years. Either you have something to do when you get up in the morning, or you don't.

Men do not do well without something to do, something to love and something to hope for.

Posted by: Random Lawyer at April 4, 2008 2:02 PM

Back in a college psychology class we were taught that the male and female psyches were different. (Somehow I doubt that they'd get away with that today.) The female psyche was said to be soft and easily bruised on the outside, but got harder and tougher closer to the center. Males were said to have a sort of hard emotional outer shell, off of which bounced minor emotional assaults, but which could crack under a hard blow. That seemed about right to me.

Posted by: PapayaSF at April 4, 2008 2:16 PM

It's not grief, it's starvation. Suddenly, opening up the fridge and saying, "What's for dinner?" doesn't make food magically appear.

Posted by: Ibid at April 4, 2008 6:51 PM