Marriage strengthens bones – only in men who married after 25


The results of the study from UCLA were published in the journal Osteoporosis International. Men who first married after 25 and are satisfied with the quality of marriage have the strongest bones (if we talk about the spine).

Also, men whose relationships are stable and have never been violated before – whether it be marriage or just a reliable long-term relationship – also have stronger skeletons.

For women, this “rule of 25 years” does not apply. However, scientists have found that if a girl receives emotional support from a regular partner, then her bones are also stronger.

This is the first time in history that marital quality has been linked to bone health, says Carolyn Crandall, professor at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.

“Very little is known about the impact of social factors other than socioeconomic factors on bone health,” says Carolyn. “Good health depends not only on good habits and lifestyle — like diet and not smoking — but on completely different things: marital history and relationship quality.”

In their work, scientists used data from the Midlife in the United States (MIDUS) study. Participants aged 25 to 75 were interviewed and tested in 1995-96 and again in MIDUS II in 2004-05. 294 men and 339 women took part. All of them passed the test and standard densitometry.

The relationship between marital security and bone strength is said to be characteristic of the spine, but not of the femur (probably due to differences in bone composition).

The least healthy bones were found in men who had never married, been divorced or widowed. In women, poor bone quality is associated with dissatisfaction with marriage or any other form of long-term relationship.

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