What Divorce Does To Men’s Health


Many studies indicate that being married does good things for men’s health. Married men may live longer and healthier lives. But that begs the question: What happens to the longevity and well-being of men who get divorced?

Researchers have found that divorce can drag down male mental and physical health. In a case study and review, scientists in Nebraska and Utah investigated the psychological and behavioral problems that afflict divorced men. They uncovered evidence that divorce can potentially lead to an earlier death, cause depression and make a man more vulnerable to chronic illness.

“Popular perception, and many cultures as well as the media present men as tough, resilient, and less vulnerable to psychological trauma than women. However, this article serves as a warning signal not to follow such unfounded perceptions,” said researcher Ridwan Shabsigh, M.D., president of the International Society of Men’s Health. “The fact is that men get affected substantially by psychological trauma and negative life events such as divorce, bankruptcy, war and bereavement. Research is urgently needed to investigate the prevalence and impact of such effects and to develop diagnosis and treatment guidelines for practitioners.”

Personal Liberty

Carl Lowe

has written about health, fitness and nutrition for a wide range of publications including Prevention Magazine, Self Magazine and Time-Life Books. The author of more than a dozen books, he has been gluten-free since 2007.

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  • dan

    being married doesn’t make you live that much longer…it just seems that way.

  • Elton Robb

    When a man takes a wife and marries her, and it happens that she finds no favor in his eyes because he has found some indecency in her, and he writes her a certificate of divorce and puts it in her hand and sends her out from his house, 2and she leaves his house and goes and becomes another man’s wife,…

    Deuteronomy 24:1

    Divorce should be easy. A certificate of divorce allows us to end the relationship easily and it’s biblical. Moses put it into the Law in order to soften hard hearts. Divorce in the modern day is a terrible thing. You get a lawyer, and then you get a divorce in court. Then the man is penalized in almost any state whether he is the instigator or not; to pay child support for his divorced children. It’s pretty ugly.

    If America would follow the law of Moses, it would be easier to effect divorce. The man would write a bill of divorcement, have it stand in court, and then walk away. There would be less trauma for both woman and man, and child.

    • Nadzieja Batki

      Except the divorce in Biblical times created ugly situations just as divorce in modern times creates ugly situations. It is a given that God gave man just enough blood for the brain and the penis but the blood cannot be used for both at the same time.

      • Briylaln

        You sound like a VERY bitter woman. You must have had a pretty messy divorce to come down on us the way you are.

      • Dave

        It is also a given that women are like cars in many ways. One is that if it’s got t!t$ or tires it’s going to cause you problems. Another is that like cars one has to perform maintenance, on some models this is a constant, ongoing lesson in futility. Also women are like cars in that you pay as you ride. Like when you rent a car by the day or mile from Avis, Hertz, or Enterprise. Those would be your prostitutes. Wives are like a lease agreement from a dealership, with a huge balloon payment when it all ends.

    • Dave

      The church never should have relinquished control of marriage and divorce to the state.

  • dan

    what the government hath joined together in corporate(licensed)union,only the government can disolve …after it gets it’s cut of the profit.
    This is what happens when men subject themselves to government
    instead of God’s Laws…and when government usurps God’s Authority

  • Briylaln

    So, married men live longer? As a divorced man, Maybe I wont live longer, but I sure am a lot happier.

    • Nadzieja Batki

      Why did you cause your own problems by asking the ex to marry you. You didn’t see what she was and were just being bowled over by her looks. Did you check out her politics, her religion? I would say no.

      • Briylaln

        You sure can read a lot into a post. I bet you even know my shoe size.

      • Vincent

        Why don’t you mind your own business? Who the hell are you to judge? Sounds like you are talking out of your duodenum…

  • Chuck Rogers II

    I remember the story told to me by a Canadian, the young man asked the girl to marry him and she said, “No!”
    Got himself a job then he bought a cabin in the woods, fished, hunted when he wanted, and lived happily ever after……… [my bad] ;-)

  • rendarsmith

    This is because the divorce courts screw men over so severely thanks to the feminazis that control family law.

  • Mixedbabies123

    Wow it sounds like a bunch of divorced men wanting to read if they will live a shorter life, then start posting silly sexist stuff. Here’s the thing men, you screwed up and your divorced. If your worried about it go find a good woman get married and get over your ex.