Marrying an older man shortens a woman's lifespan, but having a younger husband reduces it even more, the study found. She already has friends for that. A younger spouse may also have a beneficial psychological effect on the older partner and provide them with better care in old age. The older man, however, doesn't," said Drefahl. Some explanation may lie in the quality of friendships men and women form throughout life. Women tend to have more close friendships outside marriage and so benefit less than men from having a partner. However, Drefahl's study casts doubt on these ideas, since they do not hold for women marrying younger men.
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Marrying a younger man increases a woman's mortality rate
Health records have shown previously that men live longer if they have a younger wife, an effect researchers expected to see mirrored in women who married younger men. Women with much younger husbands may die younger on average because they experience more stress, Drefahl speculates. Some explanation may lie in the quality of friendships men and women form throughout life. But a study by Sven Drefahl at the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research in Rosktock, Germany, shows that the greater the age gap between a woman and her husband, the shorter her life expectancy, regardless of whether he is older or younger. Order by newest oldest recommendations. Loading comments… Trouble loading? While the study shows that women on average die younger if there is a large age gap in their relationship, married men and women both tend to live longer than unmarried individuals.