NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Married men, who have improved their relationship with their wives over the years, may also see a positive change in their health status that will reduce the risk of heart disease, according to the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health.
The results were based on a study that examined data from more than 620 couples to determine their opinion of their relationship with their children at about three years of age and then to know their opinion when the children reached the age of nine. In addition, experts also evaluated risk factors that may lead to heart disease, such as blood pressure, cholesterol, weight and blood sugar level.
The study's supervisor, Dr. Ian Bennett Britton, of the University of Bristol, said that experts found little change in the risk factors for the heart and vessels who had a good or bad relationship.
There was a correlation between changes in the level of marital relationship and changes in heart health. "We found an improvement between improved health of relationships and reduced levels of low-density lipoprotein (LDL) and relatively low weight, compared to those who have good relationships at all times," Dr. Britton said.
All men studied in a study on parents and children began in 1991, where researchers evaluated parental blood pressure, heart rate, weight, cholesterol and blood sugar levels between 2011 and 2013 when their parents became almost 19. The study reported that the monitoring of change in risk factors may take a long time and that the changes identified in the study were limited.
The study also linked improved marital relationship and low weight. The same study said that deteriorating relationships were associated with poor blood pressure. Brian Chen, a psychologist at Carnegie University in Pittsburgh, said: "The findings further suggest that marital status can affect health."
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