As if divorce wasn’t hard enough, the medical community is discovering new and surprising ways divorce negatively impacts health.
A 2009 University of Chicago study published in the Journal of Health and Social Behavior found that divorced people suffered more long-term physical health problems than those who’ve been married once and have stayed married. Study results also suggested that remarriage was unable to heal the physical damage of divorce.
And while emotional health undoubtedly suffers in the event of divorce, sociologist and study co-author Linda J. Waite, PhD told WebMD, “Mental health seems to be much more responsive to your current state, but if you ignore your physical health by not exercising, eating right, or seeing the doctor when you are sick, that can have a lasting impact. And that is what people tend to do when they lose a marriage to divorce or death.”
With nearly half of all marriages ending in divorce according to the National Institutes of Health, it’s important that to recognize and take preventative measures against these known physical consequences of divorce.