By Chris Temelkos
Attention Cougars, a younger man may be bad for your longevity. A new study conducted by Germany’s Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research surveyed close to two million Danish couples and found that a woman’s life expectancy decreases the more years there are between her and her husband, especially if the man is younger.
The same is not true for men, however. Men who marry a women 7 to 9 years younger see a drop in their mortality risk by 11%, while women who marry a man 7 to 9 years younger see their mortality risk increase by 20%. It is believed that men benefit from marrying younger because, according to research, a younger woman provides psychological and social benefits. Men who are able to marry a younger spouse are also seen to be healthier and already predisposed to live longer.
The only explanations researchers like Dr. Drehafl have for this cougar conundrum is that women who marry younger violate social norms and therefore suffer social penalties. However, all is not lost, the good news is that marriage, itself, boosts life expectancy for both men and women. Cougars, don’t let this research stop you from pursuing younger men, after all, it’s only one study.
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