Top 10 Best Sites
Looking for a dating site you can trust? Search no more.
Being in a bad relationship can take an emotional and even physical toll on just about anyone, but new research found it’s a much bigger health concern for certain people.
Older adults and women, for instance, are more likely to develop high blood pressure during a trying or dissolving relationship, according to a study published in a journal of the American Psychological Association.
Couples in negative relationships also are 40 percent more likely to develop hypertension within four years.
More than 1,500 men and women over the age of 50 were recruited for the multiyear study, which was conducted at Carnegie Mellon University.
Data from a National Institute of Aging study on issues of health, aging and retirement was used in selecting participants for the research.
Questions were centered around negative interactions involving friends and family and the physical responses seen. Unhealthy relationships were ultimately determined by the amount of “negative social interactions” involved.
“Couples in negative relationships were 40
percent more likely to develop hypertension.”
“This demonstrates how important social networks are as we age – constructing strong, positive relationships are beneficial to prolonged health,” said Dr. Sheldon Cohen, a Carnegie Mellon psychology professor and study co-author.
Researchers also found women experience more vulnerability to stress than their male counterparts when relationships become frayed.
They speculate women are more emotionally involved and deeply affected when such issues arise.
The study’s authors also were careful to consider natural changes seen in aging when analyzing the health patterns of the participants.
The results support earlier studies that have shown how lonely or isolated seniors are more likely have health issues, both physical and mental, than counterparts in healthy relationships.
Headshot from psy.cmu.edu
DatingAdvice.com is a free online resource that offers valuable content and comparison services to users. To keep this resource 100% free, we receive compensation from many of the offers listed on the site. Along with key review factors, this compensation may impact how and where products appear across the site (including, for example, the order in which they appear). DatingAdvice.com does not include the entire universe of available offers. Editorial opinions expressed on the site are strictly our own and are not provided, endorsed, or approved by advertisers.
Our site is committed to publishing independent, accurate content guided by strict editorial guidelines. Before articles and reviews are published on our site, they undergo a thorough review process performed by a team of independent editors and subject-matter experts to ensure the content’s accuracy, timeliness, and impartiality. Our editorial team is separate and independent of our site’s advertisers, and the opinions they express on our site are their own. To read more about our team members and their editorial backgrounds, please visit our site’s About page.