Marriage isn’t just for life, but it actually may help you live longer! This is the finding of the Algorithm for Comorbidities, Associations, Length of stay and Mortality (ALCLAM) Study Unit at Aston Medical School in Birmingham.
A presentation at the British Cardiovascular Society in Manchester, 5–7 June, has claimed that people who suffer from any of the three biggest contributors to heart disease and death in people 50, 60 and 70 years of age are more likely to have a greater chance of longevity of life if they are married. High cholesterol, diabetes and high blood pressure are high risk factors to heart disease, but if you are married, your chances of succumbing to these diseases diminishes by 16% for high cholesterol, 14% for diabetes and 10% for high blood pressure.
The study was carried out using data from a group of 900,000 patients under the care of hospitals in northern England. Dr Paul Carter, lead study author says, ”Our research suggests that marriage offers a protective effect, which is probably down to having support in controlling the key risk factors for heart disease”.
The key underlying factors for these findings demonstrate the importance of a strong support network, scheduled interventions or triggers and education as well as adequate care, for controlling health and well-being, and that strong community healthcare structures can play a vital role in curbing mortality and keeping health maintenance and compliance in check.
If you are concerned about cardiovascular risk factors, consult your GP or contact the British Heart Foundation for advice and support: Tel: 0300 330 3322 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Our onsite team at the ADA 2017, San Diego, are looking forward to meeting KOLs and imparting and sharing expert knowledge and best practice in CV high risk factors.