Ways Being Single Affects Your Health

Sep 27, 2019 By Kayode Oseh

The effect that comes with being single, varies from person to person and how they feel about their status. whether being single, married, or in a casual relationship, each status comes with its own pros and cons. While some people feel more comfortable being without a significant other, others can't cope without having at least someone to call a partner.

The close ties between relationship status and well-being is quite a complicated one. Despite plenty of sensational headlines—”Get married and live long!” “Stay single and die young!”—it’s hard to say definitively whether being a spouse or a singleton is healthier overall. But for the sake of this discussion, we are going to be looking specifically at the effects attached to being single and how it affects overall well being both positively and negatively.

Single people are more likely to die young

"Get married and live long!", "stay single and die young!" phrases, seem to be something no body can disapprove. Many studies have shown that single people die younger than their married counterparts, men are more prone to this than women. One of the major researches conducted was led by David Roelfs, assistant professor of sociology at the University of Louisville, in 2011. 

The researchers analyzed the data from some 90 previous studies, which included about 500 million people. The researchers found the risk of death was 32 percent higher across a lifetime for single men compared to married men while single women face a 23 percent higher mortality risk, compared to married women. 

You are responsible for yourself

As a single person, you are responsible for yourself and everything you do. There is no body always there to correct the bullshits you may be doing and call you to order. It means you may never evolve emotionally.

You go Celibate because you have no choice

Sexual intercourse is a part of life and there are thousands of reasons why you should always have sex. Being single deprives you of this activity, the joy and well-being that comes with it.

You become attached much to masturbation

Masturbation is a very healthy practice according to medical practitioners. However, the idea of it being healthy or not has been a thing of controversy -with many believing that it can wreck a whole lot of havoc on our lives and our daily activities. But a lot of health experts have disapproved these claims, saying that masturbation is totally a safe and healthy sexual practice one can engage in, that the negative attributes people always attach to it are just myths and have no scientific backups.

Masturbation can be a habit you may likely develop because of your single status, even when you do not totally welcome the idea.

You’re more likely to exercise regularly

Single people are more likely to exercise regularly than their married counterparts. Many single women and men care about their health and fitness regiments. In a 2004 study from the University of Maryland, for example, unmarried adults exercised more than married ones, including those without kids.

Also a British study conducted in 2011 find that 76% of married men and 63% of married women failed to meet the recommended 150 minutes of physical activity a week. Only 24 and 33% of single men and women, respectively, missed the mark.

You may have more friends when single

You tend to have avalanche of closed friends when you are still very much single. But this may actually stop as soon as you have a significant other.

A 2006 University of Massachusetts study, found that single people were better at maintaining relationships with friends, neighbors, and extended family than those who had tied the knot—both with and without kids. As soon as they are attached, they start loosing much closed friends. However, this is quite understandable and it has to be like that. Since you both have actually taken the vows governing "the secretes bonds of holy matrimony", "to be the closest and the most constant friends to each other". 

You stress less about and money

Being single may reduce the pressure of looking for money by a significant percent. "After all am a loner -no kids, no wife, no responsibility, why stressing myself"?

Your heart health may be at risk

Single adults are 5% more likely to develop heart disease than their married counterparts according to a 2014 research. The study shows that, compared to married heart disease patients, being unmarried was associated with a higher risk of dying.

Going under the knife is something terrifying for many whether married or single. But the differences between being single and being married in this regard is that, married people tend to be more optimistic about their quick recovery after undergoing any medical surgery. Being around your wife/husband, kids, and loved ones after a medical surgery, can speed up quick recovery.

You are more likely to develop dementia

Researchers studied six years of data based on the lifestyles of 6,677 people aged between 52 and 90 to see if there was any correlation between maintaining close relationships and conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease.

The study was led by University College London (UCL) and was a collaboration between UCL, the University of Nottingham and Loughborough University. They found that men and women who reported being single had a 35%-44% higher risk of dementia. Which meant that being in a close relationship, not necessarily a marriage, meant the chances of developing the disease were about 60% less.

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