Wives of Older Husbands Die Younger

By YourTango

Wives of Older Husbands Die Younger

Did you see the study that found that Danish men with younger wives live longer?  Having a wife who was 15-17 years younger cut a man's risk of dying early by 20%.

What you may not have noticed is that the Danish women with husbands 15-17 years older than them increased their risk of dying early by 30%.  You may not have noticed it, because this part of the story was not in the headlines, it was at the end of the articles.  Instead articles focused on what this meant for men - was marrying a younger woman helping them live longer or was it just a sign of their overall good health to start with?

 

Amazingly, nobody seems to have put the two pieces of the study together - if the husband decreases his chance of dying early by 20% by marrying a younger woman, but she increases her chance of dying early by 30%, isn't that a problem?  A really, really big problem?  Would it really be justifiable to have your wife take care of you so that you live longer but she dies sooner?

WHAT THE STUDY SAID ABOUT WOMEN

  • Women live longer if they marry men who are close to them in age, i.e. no more than 6 years older or younger than them.
  • Women who marry men 7-9 years older than them have a 20% higher chance of dying early.  Women who marry men 15-17 years older than them have a 30% higher chance of dying early.*
  • Similarly, women who marry men 7-9 years younger than them have a 20% higher chance of dying early and women who marry men 15-17 years younger than them have a 30% higher chance of dying early.


WHY DO WOMEN MARRIED TO THEIR AGE PEERS LIVE LONGER?

Nobody knows why this happens yet.  Actually, the articles on the web didn't even speculate on why women who marry men their own age live longer.  There are a few possibilities.

 
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