Women suffer more from divorce

Daily Mail (UK), 06 Aug 06
Women who divorce are 60 per cent more likely to develop heart disease later in life than those who remain married, a study by the University of Texas has found. Even those who remarry are still likely to suffer ill health as a consequence of their previous failed relationship, said the researchers writing in the Journal of Marriage and the Family. Among men, however, marital loss had a negligible effect on their chances of developing heart problems.
Part of the explanation, say the researchers, is that “Women tend to value themselves more in terms of family relationships & whereas men value themselves primarily in terms of their occupation.” The risk of heart disease for women in the study increased with age.