Married men live more than seven years longer than divorced ones, a new study suggests.
Researchers in Finland examined lifespans in the northern European country. The data revealed that while married men enjoyed an average lifespan of 80 years in 2012, divorced men could only manage 73 years. Widowers did little better, with an average life expectancy of just over 74 years.
Nationally, the average life expectancy for Finns is 84 for women and 77 for men.
An earlier study in the US, based on a survey of 127,545 Americans born during the 1940s, also found that married men live longer than single ones and the longer man is married, the greater the effect on his life expectancy. Married men were also healthier than divorcés, widowers and those who had never married.
Getting married after the age of 25 was more beneficial than doing so at a younger age, the researchers noted.