Your risk of dementia is lower
There are many everyday habits that lower your risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease, which affects one in three seniors, according to data from the Alzheimer’s Association. But you can significantly lower your risk and protect your brain by being married. A new study shows that married men and women have a 43 per cent lower chance of developing dementia as they age. So the next time your spouse annoys you and you think you may be better off solo, consider that even by arguing with you, they’re keeping your brain active.
Bonus: According to a study, There Could Be a New Drug-Free Treatment for Alzheimer’s Soon!
Your blood pressure will improve
Heart disease is the number one killer of North America, yet being married can reduce your risk of developing it, at least by one measure. Happily married folks have lower blood pressure readings than their single peers, according to a study done by Brigham Young University. Researchers monitored blood pressure for a 24-hour period and found that, on average, the married-and-happy couples had the best readings. And this benefit is particular to being betrothed, as even single people with large, supportive social networks did not see the same improvement.
Your sex life will be smoking hot
OK, so your sex life may not be on fire (at least not all the time), but it will be better than if you’d stayed single, according to data from the National Health and Social Life Survey. They found that 51 per cent of married couples reported they were “extremely satisfied” with their sex life, compared to 39 per cent of people who were cohabiting and 36 per cent of singles. Married and your sex life is suffering? You’re not alone (after all, only half said their sex life was great). Here are seven common myths about sex after 50 that you need to stop believing!