Happy marriage, happy heart



By Louise Sukle


Yep, happy marriages really do lead to healthy hearts.

We all know the saying “happy wife, happy life.” New research shows we can add “happy marriage, happy heart” to that list. Marriage seems to have some unique benefits on health, but simply beingmarried won’t protect your health. Being happily married can - especially for men.

In a study published in The Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health, men who said their marriage improved over time had lower LDL cholesterol and healthier weight compared to those whose relationship satisfaction merely remained consistent. The researchers don’t know if their findings would apply to women (but worsening relationships were linked to worsening cardiovascular health more strongly for wives than for husbands.)

Love is wonderful, but now we know this wonderful thing is also good for our health - which is pretty glorious news considering most other things known to bring joy are considered bad for us (ahem, doughnuts, pizza and chocolate).

Stepping up your romance game may have it’s health benefits but a healthy lifestyle is still the best way to keep your heart pumping. Couples who encourage healthy habits in one another are motivated to keep kicking so they can stick around longer with their loved ones.

This issue of Woman is filled with matters of the heart: from relationship tips to the latest guidelines for taking blood pressure readings. And as you’ll find, turns out that chocolate really has a history as a love food.

 Whether your Valentine this year is a husband, a partner, a friend, or even a pet (no shame there), we hope you find love and enjoy reading this issue as much as we enjoyed putting it all together.