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  • Family Fact of the Week: Marriage Promotes Longevity

    New research continues to show that marriage is connected to longer life.

    A new study from researchers at Michigan State University and the University of Cincinnati compares mortality rates between married and cohabiting individuals. Researchers found that among some groups, married individuals have lower mortality rates compared to individuals who cohabit.

    Previous research shows that when compared to those never married, divorced, or widowed, those who are married experience lower mortality rates. For example, one study reveals that, over the course of eight years, the odds of mortality were nearly 60 percent higher for never-married individuals, roughly 30 percent higher for divorced or separated individuals, and nearly 40 percent higher for widowed individuals. The connection between marriage and longer life shows up in international studies as well. (continued below chart)

    The link between marriage and longevity is likely connected to the generally better levels of health—both physical and psychological—of married individuals. Nearly 90 percent of married adults report being in good or very good health: a greater percentage compared to their non-married peers. Additionally, married people are less likely to experience health problems or take part in risky health behaviors (smoking, drinking, etc.).

    Marriage is also connected to improved recovery from illness. A 2011 study revealed that married individuals are about twice as likely to survive within five years of having heart surgery as compared to unmarried individuals. Similarly, another study the same year found that married men and women were 250 percent more likely to be alive 15 years after coronary artery bypass surgery than their unmarried counterparts.

    Marriage promotes the positive outcomes of children and society as a whole. Marriage is the greatest protector against child poverty, and children from married-parent families are more likely to thrive on a variety of measures. As adults and children thrive, societies are able to prosper.

    Sadly, marriage rates are declining in the U.S. As the marriage rate declines, fewer will reap the many benefits this institution provides. Policies to promote and support marriage are crucial to ensuring the strength of the nation.

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    5 Responses to Family Fact of the Week: Marriage Promotes Longevity

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    2. Bobbie says:

      No kidding people. Balance promotes longevity in everything. In this case the structured balance of marriage being one of each gender, man and woman.

      The only two that can naturally procreate making it legitimate and essential to have one of each as parents.

    3. Pete Green says:

      God's laws above mans. HE knew it from the beginning.

    4. Yes, marriage promotes longevity. Not only that, but research has also shown that:

      1: Married couples typically contribute more and take less from society.
      2: Married couples support and care for each other financially, physically and emotionally and often contribute more to the economy and savings.
      3: Individuals who are married are less likely to receive government entitlements.
      4: Individuals who are married statistically consume less health care services, and often give more to churches and charities.
      5: Married couples are better able to provide care and security for children.

      So maybe someone can help me understand what negative impact committed loving relationships have on society, and why Gay couples should be excluded from the same benefits and responsibilities of marriage? For example, if marriage promotes longevity, and yet the Heritage Foundation DOESN'T want Gay couples to marry, what can we conclude from that?

      • Bobbie says:

        Having kids isn't part of the gay agenda. Only recently used when they realized marriage is more than a man and woman getting married. Gays only rant was for benefits initially and turned it into a parent thing using adoption at an advantage, not a reason.

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