By Jenny Q

Who hasn’t felt like you might just die during or shortly after a break-up. Well a new study argues that chronic stress, linked to divorce, has long-term negative impact on the body.

More than 15,000 people were analyzed and showed that women were worst affected, and the ill effects were hardly reduced if they remarried.

The Duke University study, between 1992 and 2010, showed women who divorced once were 24% more likely to have had a heart attack in the study than women who were continuously married. The figure was 77% for those having multiple divorces.

In men, there was a modest 10% extra risk for one divorce and 30% increase after multiple divorces.

“This risk is comparable to that of high blood pressure or if you have diabetes, so it’s right up there, it is pretty big,” said Prof Linda Georg, one of the researchers.

Men bounced back much better with remarriage.

“I think this is the most interesting bit in the paper,” Prof George added.

“They’re more comfortable being married than not married and cope with different women being their spouses.”


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