The AP reported that research presented at the American College of Cardiology meeting suggests that “married people are less likely than singles, divorced or widowed folks to suffer any type of heart or blood vessel problem.” The New York Daily News reported that the study included “more than 3.5 million” people. The data indicated that “married people had a 5% lower risk of any cardiovascular disease compared with single people, a 3% lower risk compared with widowed people and a 5% lower risk compared with” those who were divorced.
On its website, CBS News reports that investigators found that the “benefits were found in women as well as men, and regardless of other heart disease risk factors they had such as high cholesterol or diabetes.” While on its website, FOX News reported that the study indicated that “the protective effects of marriage were even more pronounced among younger participants, indicating that it isn’t just age that makes widowed or divorced people more likely to develop heart disease.”
The researchers found that “young married participants under the age of 50 had a 12 percent lower risk of developing cardiovascular disease compared to young” people who were not married.
These findings were presented at a medical conference. They should be considered preliminary as they have not yet undergone the “peer review” process, in which outside experts scrutinize the data prior to publication in a medical journal.