Marriage Extends Life

A new study in the  Annals of Behavioral Medicine shows that being people “entering midlife single face more than twice the risk of dying early than those who are part of a permanent partnership.”  In other words, married people live longer.    On a side note, the  majority of subjects in the study who were married did, however, wish they could die earlier.

Ok, that last line was made up and my wife will probably be pissed but I couldn’t help myself.


Douglas Farrago MD

Douglas Farrago MD is a full-time practicing family doc in Forest, Va. He started Forest Direct Primary Care where he takes no insurance and bills patients a monthly fee. He is board certified in the specialty of Family Practice. He is the inventor of a product called the Knee Saver which is currently in the Baseball Hall of Fame. The Knee Saver and its knock-offs are worn by many major league baseball catchers. He is also the inventor of the CryoHelmet used by athletes for head injuries as well as migraine sufferers. Dr. Farrago is the author of four books, two of which are the top two most popular DPC books. From 2001 – 2011, Dr. Farrago was the editor and creator of the Placebo Journal which ran for 10 full years. Described as the Mad Magazine for doctors, he and the Placebo Journal were featured in the Washington Post, US News and World Report, the AP, and the NY Times. Dr. Farrago is also the editor of the blog Authentic Medicine which was born out of concern about where the direction of healthcare is heading and the belief that the wrong people are in charge. This blog has been going daily for more than 15 years Article about Dr. Farrago in Doximity Email Dr. Farrago – [email protected] 

  4 comments for “Marriage Extends Life

  1. Kurt
    January 16, 2013 at 3:09 pm

    Less stigma to divorce these days so people can get out of less than
    ideal marriages. Wonder how many in the study were second and third timers? 😉 Costs a mere pittance to get into but 2/3rds of what you own to get out of by the time the lawyers are through with you. :-0

  2. Harry frigalini
    January 16, 2013 at 12:22 pm

    I think they got it wrong. Marriage won’t extend ones life, it just seemed that way to the researchers.

  3. Anesthesia Doc
    January 16, 2013 at 10:27 am

    Depends on the marriage. My divorce will extend my life, for sure. Getting away from an abuser was a life-saving move for me.

  4. Pat
    January 12, 2013 at 7:54 am

    Sadly, the RV’s clogging up the two-lanes, and the AARP crowd bothering the hotels and restaurants here on the gulf coast for senior discounts attest to the validity of this study. Maybe jewelers should start giving away a free “Miracle Ear” with every new ring purchase.

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