Get Married For a Healthier Heart?

Written by: on Monday, June 9th, 2014
Happily Married Couple

Turns out that love, particularly when it results in marriage, keeps your heart healthy.

A recent survey of 3.5 million Americans has shown that people who are married—regardless of age, sex, or even cardiovascular disease risk factors—have significantly less chances of having any kind of cardiovascular disease than those who are single, widowed, or divorced.

I find this fascinating because while we do so much for a healthy heart—exercise regularly, eat healthy, etc.—there are social factors, like marriage, that play a big role, too (and are often forgotten).

With so many couples griping about their own marriages, I had to ask lead study investigator and NYU Langone cardiology fellow Carlos L. Alviar, M.D., if this research applies to couples, whether they’re happily married or not. And, according to Alviar, these findings do hold true for both happy and unhappy couples. Here’s what he had to say:

“There are some intrinsic factors from just having a spouse or partner that could contribute to better cardiovascular health,” he says. “For instance, a spouse might still take care of his/her significant other and promote healthy habits (medical follow up, diet, exercise, medication compliance, etc.) even if their marriage is not the most harmonious one. In the same way, the fact of not being alone might also contribute to lower levels of physical and psychological stress—which directly affect cardiovascular disease—even if at other times there are disagreements or unpleasant moments.”

There you have it: if you’re worried about heart disease—get hitched or stay hitched. Here are some of the interesting stats from this research, courtesy of NYU Langone Medical Center:

Married People Have Less Cardiovascular Problems

 

 

 

 

Heidi Klum & Seal: What is it about celebs and marriage?

Written by: on Monday, October 31st, 2011
Seal and Heidi Klum Separating

Celebrity marriages, like the one of Heidi Klum and Seal, seem always destined for divorce court.

I think I’ve always followed Heidi Klum more closely than other celebs because we delivered our first children just hours apart at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York (yes, the same hospital that delivered Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s baby girl, Blue Ivy…but I definitely did not have the $1.3 million suite!). Maybe I felt a slight kinship with Heidi. (That, and she always appeared enviously healthy and fit.) But she and Seal seemed so happy together in their marriage, which is a rarity in Hollywood. That and they had three kids together (plus Heidi’s daughter from a former relationship). They renewed their vows each of the seven years they were married (definitely a rarity for any marriage!)—and were always shot laughing with their kids. It seems, though, that there were problems behind these pics in the press.

Kim and Kourtney Kardashian

Kim Kardashian, with sister Kourtney, is super successful...but not in love!

So I was shocked, and a bit saddened, by the recent news of their separation and impending divorce. I guess celeb marriages (J.Lo, Mark Anthony; Kim Kardsahsian, Kris Humphries; and many, many more) are destined to be broken off. Too much money? Too much travel? Too many other priorities?

Marriage book by Jenna McCarthy

This book tells it like it is when it comes to relationships!

Why is it that so many celebrities can’t keep a marriage together? There are ups and downs and there are times when you really hate your significant other and wish you were never together. But then times DO get better as you work through the issues. But celebrities—who are used to getting their way at a moment’s notice—don’t seem to believe (or think) they should work at it. Or maybe they go into it with such blinders that they really are living on a completely different planet in their minds.

Now, I’m definitely no marriage or relationship counselor, but my advice to celebrities is know that there will be hard times. The whole point of a relationship, though, you’ve got to work through the issues and move on!!

Anyone in a relationship (celebs included), though, should read the book: If It Was Easy, They’d Call the Whole Damn Thing a Honeymoon by Jenna McCarthy. The name of the book (about relationships and marriage) kind of says it all. It’s simply one of the funniest—and most truthful—books about relationships…and it’s full of really great advice. A must read!