Is Marriage The Secret To A Longer Life?

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Does getting married help you live longer? It takes more than just a ring on your finger, but couples who tie the knot are more likely to be healthier and live longer.

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New research shows that getting married could lengthen your life for up to 17 years. A study published in The American Journal Of Epidemiology reveals that single men have a 32 percent higher chance of death than married men across a lifetime. That means they could die eight to 17 years before the average married man — of loneliness?

Single women fare a bit better: They have a 23 percent (or about seven to 15 years) lower life expectancy compared to their married peers.

But why? And what about people who are in committed relationships but haven’t said “I do”? Or those who are happily single?