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Posted by: Maricopa Lawyers on Oct 2, 2013

According to a recent study conducted by the Journal Of Men’s Health, divorce can compromise health in men. The study concluded divorced and unmarried men experience higher mortality rates and greater risk of developing substance abuse and depression than married men.

It is well understood divorce can take a mental toll on one’s health, but researchers are only recently discovering the physical consequences of separation. In a paper titled, “The Influence of Divorce on Men’s Health”, the numbers show men endure a physical toll.

Divorced and unmarried men experience mortality rates nearly 250% higher than married men. The leading causes of death for these men include cardiovascular disease, hypertension and stroke. Researchers additionally concluded this group is more vulnerable to life-threatening illnesses such as cancer.

The physical implications of divorce can be alarming, but the mental consequences are similarly serious. Doctors insist divorced and unmarried men are more likely to engage in alcohol and substance abuse. They experience nearly a 40% increased chance of committing suicide as a result of a developed depression. Reports indicate divorced men seek psychiatric care 10 times more frequently than married men.

Doctors believe men’s health following divorce is particularly important due to societal implications, implications that maintain men can be strong and withstand difficult circumstances unscathed. It’s important to depict the situation accurately and start addressing the complications divorce can create.

The recent study could potentially drum up support for further research on the link between divorce and health, research many in the scientific community believe is urgently needed.