When comparing the RealAges (physiologic age) for thirty-five-year-old men, a man who is married is 6.3 years younger than a bachelor and 5.8 years younger than a man who is separated or divorced. Studies in three countries found that a successful marriage had more of an effect on arterial aging than even total cholesterol or bad (low-density lipoprotein [LDL]) cholesterol levels. That is, men who were happily married were less likely to develop cardiovascular disease than unmarried men, even if the LDL cholesterol readings for the married men were much higher. Clearly, being married is enormously beneficial to a man's RealAge.
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