UA study: Divorce can raise risk of early death

USA Today:

Be careful. Your health could plummet as if you had taken up smoking, become overweight or started drinking excessively.

A new review by the University of Arizona of more than 30 published studies found divorced adults have a significantly higher risk of early death compared with married adults.

The risk of dying early was 23 percent greater among divorced adults than married couples tracked by researchers for an average of 11 years. Researchers found the risks associated with divorce are similar to other well-established public-health risks, such as smoking up to 15 cigarettes a day, getting limited exercise, being overweight and drinking heavily, said the study’s lead author, UA psychology professor David Sbarra.

The study did not conclusively determine that divorce leads to early death.

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