Great Grow Your Hair, Diet, Food, Exercise, Love and Luck Resolutions Tips

March 14, 2011 by  
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Married at midlife: lowering your risk for dementia

July 7, 2009 by  
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married-handsSocial life is important for patients with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia, as many research studies have reported. A more recent study pinpointed something even more specific – that patients who are married or living with a partner at midlife have a much lower risk of developing dementia later in life. The research was conducted by Swedish researchers on more than 2000 Finnish adults.

Furthermore, the increase in risk seems to be dependent on the type of singlehood. The researchers reported that:

  • People who were single during their entire adult life were two more likely to develop some form of dementia compared to married or partnered people of similar age.
  • People who were married but were divorced at middle age have a three-fold increase in risk.
  • Those who were windowed or suffered through the death of a partner have an even higher risk for Alzheimer’s – almost 6 times higher than their married counterparts.

According to author Krister Håkansson of the well-known Karolinska Institute in Sweden “This suggests two influencing factors — social and intellectual stimulation and trauma. In practice, it shows how important it is to put resources into helping people who have undergone a crisis. If our interpretation holds, such an intervention strategy could also be profitable for society considering the costs for dementia care.”

So what does marriage and partnership have to do with cognitive decline?

Researchers believe that partnership and marriage provide social as well as intellectual stimulation that keep the brain functioning even in old age. The next step is to look into the effect of other types of relationships (children, grandchildren peer support groups) and the quality of the relationships (happy or not happy):

Previous studies have shown that an active social life help keep the mind and the memory sharp late in life. A study by Harvard researchers revealed that those who have the most social interaction within their social circle, be it with friends or family showed the slowest rate of memory decline.

These results give some important insights on currents standard of care for people with dementia and Alzheimer’s. In addition, it gives people who are approaching the middle age a strategy to counteract the cognitive decline that comes with age.

When relationships go bad, women’s heart suffer most

March 11, 2009 by  

gender_symbolsTension. Stress. Anger. Anxiety. These are what you get in a relationship gone bad. Unfortunately, the emotional distress that comes with a strained relationship can translate into physiological problems that in turn lead to conditions like high blood pressure, heart problems, and obesity.

These health problems have been reported for both men and women although the latter seems to be more susceptible to health issues caused by bad relationships, according to a study by researchers at the University of Utah.

For the study, [the researchers] recruited 276 couples married an average of two decades, in which men and women were between 40 and 70 years old. Participants filled out questionnaires that covered positives, such as emotional warmth and mutual support; and areas of tension, such as frequency of arguments and extent of disagreements over issues like sex, kids, and money. (Source: WebMD).

The participants were also monitored for blood chemistry, blood pressure and waist circumference.

The study showed that the health effects of a discordant relationship on women’s health include:

  • Depressive symptoms, more likely to be reported by women.
  • Metabolic syndrome symptoms (which would include increased blood sugar levels, increased levels of bad cholesterol and triglycerides) more likely to be reported by women.
  • Weight gain and increased waist circumference, also more likely to be reported by women.
  • Depressive symptoms reported by men not related to metabolic syndrome.

This is not the first study to explore the effect of relationships on health outcomes.

A large body of research shows that divorce is associated with coronary calcification in both men and women. However, the current study clearly indicates that the relationship between emotional distress caused by a bad relationship and cardiovascular health is stronger in men than women.

In another study, researchers found out that the quality of a marriage relationship can have an influence on recovery rates of women with breast cancer.

Corollary to this, another study on stroke victims and their spouses showed that, depending on coping skills, caregiving can cause depression and put a strain on relationships.

But why are women more susceptible? According to the researchers:

Women seem to be more relationship oriented. We know by research that women tend to base their self-concept on relationships, how they are doing, how things are going for them. And we think that’s the reason we’ve shown that negative relationship issues seem to take a greater toll on women emotionally and physically.”

Your marriage and your breast cancer recovery

January 28, 2009 by  
Filed under CANCER

Being diagnosed with breast cancer is one of the most devastating experiences that women may have to go through. Cancer treatment will further put them through physical and emotional distress so that these women need all the emotional support they can get to battle this deadly disease. That is why it is no surprise to know about the latest study in the US shows that marital distress may affect the chances of women of recovering from breast cancer.

This latest research shows that marriage problems may result in lower survival rate in women with breast cancer. This report was based on data from 100 breast cancer patients who were married or living with a partner at the beginning of the study and remained in the relationship for the next five years. All of these women had high and almost equal levels of cancer-related stress at the start of the study. Seventy-two of them claimed their marriages are good while 28 claimed they’re having marriage problems. The results showed women with good marriages have lesser cancer-related stress compared to women with marital problems. Women with marital problems are found to have higher stress levels, slower recovery, lesser physical activity and more symptoms and signs of illness compared to those women with good marriages. The positive effect for women with good marriages still holds true even after the researchers adjusted the participant’s cancer stage, depression levels, cancer treatments and other factors that may influence the results. This shows that improving the quality of a relationship may also improve not only the emotional well-being but also one’s health.

“The quality of the marital relationship may not be the first thing women worry about when they get a cancer diagnosis. But it may have a significant impact on how they cope physically and emotionally,” study co-author Hae-Chung Yang, a research associate in psychology at Ohio State University, said in a university news release. “Our results suggest that the increases in stress and other problems that come with a distressed marital relationship can have real health consequences and lead to poorer recovery from cancer.”

To be fair, partners-caregivers of cancer patients are also subjected to a lot of stress in taking care of their loved ones. Depending on their coping skills, this stress can cause the strain in a relationship. That is why there are support groups out there, not only for patients but for the partners as well.

Following the saying “it takes two to tango”, it takes two to make a relationship and cancer recovery within the relationship a success.


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