Single Men Close Health Gap With Married Peers

Advantages shrinking, say researchers
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 13, 2008 7:38 PM CDT
Vale and Michelle Baquiran, of Hayward, Calif., smile after they were married at San Francisco City Hall, Friday, Aug. 8, 2008.    (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)
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(Newser) – Married people are still healthier, on average, than their unmarried peers, but longtime bachelors are closing the gap between them and their married counterparts, HealthDay reports. Researchers who examined 32 years of data found that the self-reported health of never-married men has increased markedly in that time. Women's health also improved, but the gap between married and never-married women remained essentially the same.

“It used to be that having a spouse was important for social support and a social network," said one of the lead researchers. “Never-married men have greater access to social support now.”
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