How Divorce Affects Men’s Health

Research shows broad impact to men’s physical, mental health

A new paper published in the Journal of Men’s Health suggests that divorce can take a major toll on men’s mental and physical well-being. In fact, findings show divorced men have higher rates of mortality and are more likely to suffer from issues such as depression or addiction than married men.

Here’s more on the story, from HuffPost:

The paper, titled “The Influence of Divorce on Men’s Health,” concluded that divorced and unmarried men have mortality rates up to 250 percent higher than married men. The causes of premature death for divorced men include cardiovascular disease, hypertension and stroke. Divorced men are also more prone to various diseases, ranging from common colds to life-threatening health problems like cancer and heart attacks.

Divorce can also affect men’s mental well being; the researchers found that divorced men are more likely to partake in risky activities such as abusing alcohol and drugs, and divorced or separated men have a suicide rate that is 39 percent higher than that of married men. Depression is also more common for divorced men than married men, and divorced men undergo psychiatric care 10 times more often than married men do.

While divorce can leave you feeling down and out, it doesn’t have to stay that way. Talk to your doctor, take care of yourself, and you can make it through.