The end of an unforgettable relationship greatly increases the risk of heart disease. The research team at Duke University found that divorce also has similar negative outcomes. This study, published in the journal Circulation, suggests that long-term anxiety caused by divorce has long-lasting adverse effects on physical health.
The study began in 1992 and lasted until 2010, during which it was found that one out of every three people divorced at least once. Women who have been divorced once have a 24% higher incidence of heart disease than those who have been continuously married. If divorced multiple times, the incidence of heart disease will increase by 77%. For men, a single divorce increases the risk of heart disease by 10%. Multiple divorces will increase the incidence of illness by 30%.
Researchers have found that lifestyle changes, such as a decrease in income, cannot explain the increased risk. Professor George said, "Mental distress can bring long-lasting stress to the immune system, leading to a decrease in immune function. If it persists for many years, it can lead to serious health problems
Although taking medication can reduce the risk of hypertension, it is not easy to cure the pain caused by divorce. Experts suggest seeking support and comfort from close friend relationships.