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Study Finds Being Married Linked to Lower Blood Pressure

The New York Times’ Well blog reports on a study published in The Journal of Hypertension that showed that being married may play an important role in managing and improving ones health. Researchers “analyzed 325 individuals enrolled in the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension trial who had available 24-h systolic blood pressure data and who ingested a control diet.” The average individual shows a dip of around 10% in their blood pressure from morning to evening and researchers found that people who were married, especially men, were much more likely to show this “systolic dipping.” “The researchers speculate that marriage might provide a level of social support that leads people to better manage their health and stress levels.”

Read it in The New York Times’ Well blog.

Read the study in The Journal of Hypertension.