Younger Husband Shortens Wife's Life
Danish study defies expectations
By Nick McMaster, Newser Staff
Posted May 12, 2010 3:53 PM CDT
Updated May 16, 2010 7:08 AM CDT
Having a younger husband has been linked to a reduced life expectancy for women, a new study suggests.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – Having a young husband can reduce a woman's life expectancy, a new study says. Marriage stats have long shown that men with younger wives tend to live longer. Researchers had assumed the same held true for women—but a study of 2 million Danish couples showed otherwise, Science Daily reports. Women who had a husband 7 to 9 years younger had a 20% increased mortality risk relative to a woman with a same-age husband.

The researchers theorize that men are enriched by the social network of a younger spouse—but that men might not offer an older wife the same benefits. "On average, men have fewer and lesser quality social contacts than those of women," says the lead scientist.

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May 17, 2010 4:17 AM CDT
The only reason I find this funny is that my grandmother was 12 years older than my grandfather. She lived to 102, and he is 92 and still lives on his own without help.
Richard Cozby
May 16, 2010 5:23 PM CDT
What if the couple is gay?!
May 13, 2010 9:22 PM CDT
Women tend to live, on average, 10 years longer than, marrying younger men simply eats into that margin. MANY women live 20+ years longer than their husbands, so even they have a bigger margin to play with mortality-wise.