Having a Younger Hubby Can Shorten Your Life
A new study finds that women who marry younger men have a shorter life expectancy.
Uh, oh cougars, there may be a downside to marrying younger men after all. According to a new study of two million Danish couples conducted by Sven Drefahl from the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, a woman’s life expectancy is shortened if she has a younger husband. The greater the gap in age, the shorter her life becomes.
“Since marrying a younger husband deviates from what is regarded as normal,” summarizes Science Daily, “these couples could be regarded as outsiders and receive less social support. This could result in a less joyful and more stressful life, reduced health, and finally, increased mortality.”
According to Drefahl’s findings, women are better off marrying someone the exact same age as them, as opposed to someone older (which will also shorten their life) or younger (which will shorten their life even more). This is strange, as men who marry younger women actually have a higher life expectancy because of the positive social aspects the younger woman provides. It’s not fair! (Science Daily)