According to a new and very interesting population statistics, a man who marries a woman 15 to 17 years younger, decreases his chances of dying early by 20%. The study also found that a man may reduce his risk of premature death by 11% if he marries a woman between seven to nine years younger than him. But, interestingly enough, if a man marries a woman who is older, he is more likely to die early. The study, carried out by a leading study group the Max Planck Institute in Germany, focused on male deaths between 1990 and 2005 for the entire population of Denmark.
The investigators explained that one possible explanation for the relationship between younger brides and longer life for older men could be natural selection. In their opinion, it is quite a natural and normal thing that younger women are more likely to choose better fit, healthier, more successful and better maintained older gentlemen as their marriage mates.
Another theory could be that a younger woman will take better care of her husband and, therefore he will have more chance to live a longer life. Older women are more prone to illnesses, aches and pains themselves to give quality time to the medical or health needs of their spouses. Older wives also seem to be more pushy or bossy than younger wives, which might account for an older husband’s healthier blood pressure and mental health.
It seems to be an oxymoron that a few older women joined the media driven-trend of becoming ‘cougars’ or on the prowl for younger men. In reality, most women prefer older men, at least by a couple years. The exception might be those mainly interested in a boy-toy for more flash than substance. There is no benefit of longevity when a women marries a younger man. As a matter of fact, when it comes to the ladies, the results of the study demonstrated that women get much more benefit when they marry a man of the same age or within three years.
In the United States, on average a groom is 2 or 3 years older than his bride. It’s not that women couldn’t find younger partners, I believe, the majority just don’t want to. It is also doubtful that older wives benefit psychologically and socially from a younger husband. This effect only seems to work for men. On average, men have fewer and lesser quality social contacts than those of women. Thus, unlike the benefits of a younger wife, a younger husband wouldn’t help extend the life of his older wife by taking care of her, going for a walk with her and enjoying late life together because she usually will have older females friends for social events. However the older man does not have such friends or social contacts.
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