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Divorce damages your health and getting remarried barely helps
Telegraph (U.K.) ^ | July 27, 2009 | Matthew Moore

Posted on 07/27/2009 8:48:52 AM PDT by Schnucki

People who get divorced are more likely to suffer health problems including heart disease and cancer, even if they go on to remarry, a study has shown.

Divorce and widowhood have a long-term negative effect on physical wellbeing that is only marginally ameliorated if the person finds a new partner.

The stress and financial uncertainty of separation can continue to take their toll on our bodies decades after the Decree Absolute comes through, the research indicates.

Divorced people have 20 per cent more chronic health conditions such as heart disease, diabetes or cancer than married people, according to the study of 8,652 people aged between 51 and 61 by Professor Linda Waite of the University of Chicago.

They also have 23 per cent more mobility problems, such as difficulty climbing stairs or walking short distances.

But while the health benefits of marriage – which are believed to stem from financial security and the positive impact of wives on their husbands' diets and lifestyles – are well known, the new study shows that they are significantly reduced the second and third times around.

People who divorce and then remarry still have 12 per cent more chronic problems and 19 per cent more mobility problems than those who have been continuously married, the analysis showed.

"Among the currently married, those who have ever been divorced show worse health on all dimensions. Both the divorced and widowed who do not remarry show worse health on all dimensions," said Prof Waite, a sociologist.

The research, which was carried out with Mary Elizabeth Hughes of Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, also reaffirmed the results of recent studies showing the relative ill health of people who remain unmarried into late middle age.

People who never married have 12 per cent more mobility limitations and 13 per

(Excerpt) Read more at telegraph.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Health/Medicine; Society
KEYWORDS: cancer; diabetes; divorce; marriage; sociology
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1 posted on 07/27/2009 8:48:52 AM PDT by Schnucki
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To: Schnucki

Ping to come back for the jokes that always turn up on these kinds of threads.


2 posted on 07/27/2009 8:50:13 AM PDT by freedomlover (Make sure you're in love - before you move in the heavy stuff)
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To: Schnucki

Another “which came first” crazy “study.”


3 posted on 07/27/2009 8:51:07 AM PDT by DennisR (Look around - God gives countless, indisputable, and unambiguous clues that He does, indeed, exist.)
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To: DennisR
Another “which came first” crazy “study.”

Explain please.

4 posted on 07/27/2009 8:52:11 AM PDT by frogjerk (It is impossible to rightly govern a nation without God and the Bible - George Washington)
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To: Schnucki

For Christians, it is by far best to remain single or reconcile after divorce.


5 posted on 07/27/2009 8:53:58 AM PDT by ConservativeMind (The UN has never won a war, nor a conflict, but liberals want it to rule all militaries.)
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To: Schnucki
Did they control for eating habits and weight? Maybe divorced people are more likely to live on a diet of fish and chips which isn't good for you. Then the focus should be on the diet and not the divorce.
6 posted on 07/27/2009 8:54:08 AM PDT by KarlInOhio (As a child Obama was rejected from Little League because of lack of a birth certificate.)
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To: Schnucki

did this study include abusive relationships? if the marriage is unhappy and unhealthy for a person, would that person not be healthier after the divorce?


7 posted on 07/27/2009 8:56:44 AM PDT by madamemayhem (there are only two places in the world: over here and over there.)
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To: madamemayhem

‘I’ve had bad luck with both my wives.

The first one left me, and the second one didn’t.’

James Holt McGavra


8 posted on 07/27/2009 9:01:29 AM PDT by 70th Division (I love my country but fear my government!)
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To: ConservativeMind

depends...

If your spouse leaves you and commits adultery its best to seek a new spouse. Man (and Woman) should not be alone. If the spouse who leaves is unsaved and shows no signs of beginning regeneration then the one who was left can and should move one.

But if your spouse who left is (1) not in a sexual relationship with another and is either a christian or moving that way reconciliation should be sought.

Be the stoic myrter while ones spouse has moved on with their life only causes pain and is not God glorifying.


9 posted on 07/27/2009 9:02:11 AM PDT by N3WBI3 (Ah, arrogance and stupidity all in the same package. How efficient of you. -- Londo Mollari)
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To: ConservativeMind
There is such a thing as amiable divorces (Ronald Reagan/Jane Wyman comes to mind), but in my long list of acquaintances, I've generally found that people who had issues to end their first marriage, generally have the same issues to end their second or subsequent marriages.

Not always, of course. People change and people grow up, but the general nature of the person when they graduate from high school is not all that different when they turn 60. The serious, discliplined scholar or athlete grows up to be the serious, discliplined businessman. The jerk jock who thinks the world revolves around him grows up to be the jerk boss or politician who thinks the world revolves around him. The sweet, helpful young lady grows up to be the caring nurse, teacher or mother.

And so it is with people who divorce and remarry, as a general rule.

10 posted on 07/27/2009 9:07:09 AM PDT by Vigilanteman (Are there any men left in Washington? Or, are there only cowards? Ahmad Shah Massoud)
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To: madamemayhem; KarlInOhio
These types of studies are typically based on self-reporting surveys of large numbers of people. The demographic as well as medical information is interpreted by the person filling out the form/survey. Rarely is a study based on pulling many people into a clinic and measuring them against objective standards. Most lay people would not recognize the terms used to specifically describe a medical condition. Demographic information such as race is almost universally self-reported — the researchers do not run DNA tests to categorize the subject's race or ethnic background. It may be as simple as divorced people having a more jaded attitude about life and have more focus on their own ills. “Control” in the laboratory sense is very difficult to achieve in the sorts of studies like the one mentioned here, primarily because of the self-reporting technique employed.
11 posted on 07/27/2009 9:11:34 AM PDT by sefarkas (Why vote Democrat Lite?)
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To: Schnucki

Divorce isn’t an overnight thing. People arrive at divorce after a long and tortuous searching, often coming close to destroying themselves in the process. Comparing a divorced person to a person who’s happily married is apples to oranges.


12 posted on 07/27/2009 9:12:35 AM PDT by MarineBrat (Fill your hands you sons of bitches!)
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To: Schnucki

Studies like this need to have a disclaimer “GENERALLY SPEAKING” because every single exception will be raised as an attack against the study.


13 posted on 07/27/2009 9:12:53 AM PDT by frogjerk (It is impossible to rightly govern a nation without God and the Bible - George Washington)
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To: DennisR

That’s what I always wonder. Could it be that people who have health issues are a little more cranky and tend to get divorced more? Better yet, could it be that health issues affect decision making and make it more likely that someone will choose a poor mate? Or could it be that people in poor health have a lower-quality pool of people to choose from?

etc, etc...


14 posted on 07/27/2009 9:19:36 AM PDT by Marie (Alan Keyes for President!)
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To: N3WBI3

It is not God-glorifying to go against your vow, which was “until [only) death do us part.”

If you don’t vow that, then I might buy the rest of your argument. With a vow to God, only you can break it, regardless of what another does.

Christians should not be marrying someone who is not a Christian, anyway. You must be “equally yoked.”

Christians are free to marry another when their spouse or former spouse dies.


15 posted on 07/27/2009 9:26:06 AM PDT by ConservativeMind (The UN has never won a war, nor a conflict, but liberals want it to rule all militaries.)
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To: Marie

Or that the other spouse bailed because they tired of the person’s illness, bad health habits, etc.


16 posted on 07/27/2009 9:27:20 AM PDT by irishjuggler
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To: irishjuggler

you mean bailed for richer or for poorer, better or for worse and in sickness or in health.....


17 posted on 07/27/2009 9:28:51 AM PDT by usmcobra (Your chances of dying in bed are reduced by getting out of it, but most people still die in bed)
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To: usmcobra
you mean bailed for richer or for poorer, better or for worse and in sickness or in health.....

That's right. A lot of folks don't take those vows very seriously, unfortunately.
18 posted on 07/27/2009 9:36:35 AM PDT by irishjuggler
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To: ConservativeMind

If you are not the party that does the parting (the victim of a no fault divorce) but:

I Corinthians 7 “[12] But to the rest speak I, not the Lord: If any brother hath a wife that believeth not, and she be pleased to dwell with him, let him not put her away. [13] And the woman which hath an husband that believeth not, and if he be pleased to dwell with her, let her not leave him. [14] For the unbelieving husband is sanctified by the wife, and the unbelieving wife is sanctified by the husband: else were your children unclean; but now are they holy. [15] “But if the unbelieving depart, let him depart. A brother or a sister is not under bondage in such cases: but God hath called us to peace.”


19 posted on 07/27/2009 9:40:49 AM PDT by N3WBI3 (Ah, arrogance and stupidity all in the same package. How efficient of you. -- Londo Mollari)
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To: N3WBI3

That obviously covers those with whom neither were Christians before being married, but then one became Christian.

When you aren’t one of God’s children, it would appear you can’t vow to God.


20 posted on 07/27/2009 9:42:35 AM PDT by ConservativeMind (The UN has never won a war, nor a conflict, but liberals want it to rule all militaries.)
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