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Marriage, But Not Cohabiting, Linked to Better Health Outcomes

Research has shown that being married is linked to positive health outcomes and that, specifically, married men are more likely to take better care of their health and have healthier lifestyles, CBS News reports. But according to a NCHS Data Brief published by the CDC cohabiting does not have the same benefit; “Cohabiting men are a group particularly at risk of not receiving clinical preventive services recommended by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force.” Cohabiting men were less likely than married men to regularly see a doctor or undergo preventive screenings such as blood pressure or cholesterol tests. The results, which surprised researchers, “serve notice to the girlfriends and partners of these men that they could take a more active role in health care decisions.”

Read the article published by CBS News.

Read the NCHS Data Brief.