Marriage is the beginning of a family. It is also a major milestone for women and men to become real men. Many men feel that marriage is a headache. However, marriage is actually a good thing for men, and men may reap more benefits than women.
1. Longer life: men benefit more. The greatest benefit of marriage to health is that it can prolong life. However, men benefit more from it. Michael Murphy, a demography professor at the London School of Economics, found that the death rate of unmarried middle-aged men is twice higher than that of married middle-aged men, while the difference between unmarried women and married women is not so large. Researchers believe that marriage helps men avoid some fatal accidents, violent crimes and avoidable natural disasters.
2. Resist disease: men benefit more. Marriage can greatly reduce the possibility of people suffering from a variety of diseases, including diabetes, heart disease, senile dementia, lung disease, etc. Among them, the prevention of male heart disease is the most obvious. A 2009 study found that unmarried men are three times more likely to die of heart disease than married men.
3. Stay away from depression: women benefit more. Marriage is good for both men and women's mental health, but women benefit more from it. Robin Simon, a sociology professor at Wake Forest University in North Carolina, USA, found through research that women are more likely to suffer from depression because of sadness, but married women are significantly less likely to suffer from depression.
4. Overcoming bad habits: men benefit more. After marriage, men have more room for improvement in correcting bad habits. In 2006, a study tracked the living habits of thousands of young people before and after marriage in detail. The results showed that the amount of drinking and smoking of men after marriage would be reduced, and their work and rest would be more normal.
5. Maintain normal weight: women benefit more. Although marriage is beneficial to health, it will affect people's waist circumference. Susan Everett, professor of economics at Lafayette College in Pennsylvania, USA, found that long-term and stable marriage makes both men and women gain weight, but men are more prone to abdominal obesity, while women are more evenly and healthily obese. After marriage, men exercise much less than women.
(Intern editor: Cai Junyi)