Divorce May Permanently Damage Health
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Jul 28, 2009 9:56 AM CDT
"That period during the time that this event is taking place is extremely stressful," the lead researcher said of the divorce process.   (Shutter Stock)

(Newser) – The end of a marriage means the end of good health for many people, a new study finds. Researchers discovered that people who lost a spouse, whether through divorce or death, were roughly 20% more likely to suffer chronic health problems even if they later remarried, HealthDay reports. The scientists believe the stress of loss causes lasting physical and emotional damage.

The study "suggests much of health can be altered by these major turning points in one's life, like divorce, from which one doesn't recover," one expert told MSNBC. The results certainly don't mean people should stay in high-conflict or abusive marriages for the sake of their health, he said, but rather that better support is essential during the divorce process.

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Aug 27, 2009 4:05 AM CDT
My health hugely improved after divorce: no more hideous migraines, no more total physical collapses misdiagnosed as Epstein-Barr, chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, lupus--it was all caused by the stress of being manipulated by my spouse. The kids' mental and physical health improved, too, though I still see traces of when they lived with the other parent in the house. The study author should talk to us....
Jul 28, 2009 7:35 AM CDT
Juussst kidding...seriously...the door was open, I walked through it....
Jul 28, 2009 7:35 AM CDT
Why the wink?