Several studies in the past have shown a possible correlation between divorce and an increased risk of certain health conditions, but a new study recently published found that many of these risks may be mitigated or reversed altogether if the person enters another long-term relationship. The study checked the relationship statuses of more than 10,000 people over a period of more than 20 years to see if there was a correlation of increased health problems at the age of 46, which was when the participants were given health screenings.
The study found that those who had divorced and remarried had much the same level of adverse health events as those who had stayed married throughout the years. It was those who had remained single, neither marrying nor cohabitating with a long-term partner, that experienced the most health issues.
One of the researchers in the study said that this concurred with previous findings that the initial decline in health many people experience after a divorce often returns to pre-divorce levels within a few years. The researchers have also posited that cultural norms may play a part in the results and that more research is needed to confirm and elaborate on the findings.
It’s important to remember, however, that these findings are generalization and don’t have to be — and won’t be — true for every person in every situation. There are many things you can do protect your health and well-being throughout and after your divorce. Having a support team in place that includes an experienced family law attorney who can help you through the process and understand how decisions made during this time can affect your life moving forward is an important step.
Source: Yahoo! Health, “Divorce May Not Be So Unhealthy After All,” Amy Capetta, June 12, 2015