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Is Your Life Shortened Due to Marital Strife?

Posted September 8, 2011 by in Articles | No comments yet

We all know that a bad relationship with anyone can damage us emotionally. In the case of a marriage, however, the toxic union can actually cause the woman to develop both physical and emotional health issues whereas the man will only suffer emotionally. Such health issues as high blood pressure and excess belly fat, both of which can lead to more serious conditions like heart disease and diabetes, have been shown to originate in women who are dealing with unhappy marriages. Studies have been done which have proven that marital problems can lead women down the road to poor health.

Depression and metabolic syndrome are common problems. Metabolic syndrome consists of numerous ailments that raise the risk of more serious health issues such as low levels of HDL cholesterol, high blood sugar, obesity in the abdominal area, high blood pressure, and a high level of triglycerides. Tests have shown that men in this same age range don’t have the same level of risk as their feminine counterparts. People involved in these tests included those with religious views that caused them to stay married regardless of the situation. Of the test group, 27% of the wives and 22% of the husbands confessed to being unhappy in their marriages.

Women who are exposed to anger and hostility in their marriages have increased stress hormones. These hormones play a significant role in insulin resistance. Heart attacks are also a common problem for women in stressful marriages. Women who stated earlier that they were in a bad marriage ended up showing elevated stress hormones, which could subsequently lead to future health problems.

This isn’t saying that if you get a divorce you’ll automatically be happier. Someone’s overall health is determined by many factors other than marital discord. For example, alcoholism that eating a bad diet will certainly affect someone as they get older. Marital discord certainly takes a back seat to some of these other problems.

After the findings of the research studies, doctors are left with a question. Is a whole-person approach better than treating the individual health conditions? Is treating the symptoms going to be effective when the woman continues living in her bad marriage?

Some of the suggestions that have been made for alleviating this harmful stress is by seeking counseling, getting plenty of exercise, and learning how to delegate tasks to others rather than trying to do everythingDoc No.lsdhhsdlh-sdlkjhsgd

Kristie Brown writes on a variety of topics from health to technology. Check out her websites on how to stop a divorce and how to save a marriage

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