Your risk of dementia is lower
There are many everyday habits that lower your risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease, which affects one in three seniors, according to data from the Alzheimer’s Association. But you can significantly lower your risk and protect your brain by being married. A new study shows that married men and women have a 43 percent lower chance of developing dementia as they age. So the next time your spouse annoys you and you think you may be better off solo, consider that even by arguing with you, they’re keeping your brain active. Still worried about losing your mind? Make sure you (and your spouse!) are doing these 36 simple things that ward off Alzheimer’s disease.
Your blood pressure will improve
Heart disease is the number one killer of America, yet being married can reduce your risk of developing it, at least by one measure. Happily married folks have lower blood pressure readings than their single peers, according to a study done by Brigham Young University. Researchers monitored blood pressure for a 24-hour period and found that, on average, the married-and-happy couples had the best readings. And this benefit is particular to being betrothed, as even single people with large, supportive social networks did not see the same improvement. Being married is just a start, however. Add these 31 things you can do right now to lower your blood pressure.