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U.S. researchers find that both genders are just as likely to feel depressed in strained marriages but the similarity appears to end here. Unhappily married women are found more likely than unhappily married men to suffer from high blood pressure, obesity and high blood sugar making themselves more prone to developing heart disease, stroke and diabetes.

Before starting the study, the researchers suspected that negative aspects of marriages like arguing and being angry would be associated with higher levels of metabolic syndrome (a group of risk factors for heart disease) and that this relationship would be at least partly due to depressive symptoms.

To rephrase, people who reported experiencing more conflict with their spouses were expected to be more depressed, which in turn would be linked to a higher risk of heart disease.

This proved to be the truth with wives, but not with husbands.
Previous research showed that women were more sensitive and responsive to relationship problems than men but the newest results suggest that those problems could harm their health.

For the purpose of their study, the researchers recruited 276 couples between the ages of 40 and 70 who were married an average of 20 years. Each couple answered questionnaires about their relationship and mental state. They then underwent a series of lab tests to measure their waists and blood pressure and their levels of "good" cholesterol, fasting glucose and triglycerides, all indicators for cardiovascular disease.

There is good evidence that women should modify some of the things that affect metabolic syndrome — like diet and exercise — but it is still early to say they would lower their risk of heart disease if they improved the tone and quality of their marriages or dumped their husbands as other data indicates a history of divorce is linked to coronary disease.

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Unfortunately, we didn't get much information from this report on how "the strained marriage" symptoms influenced husbands.
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In a traditional society where men are the bread-winner and women are the homemaker, an unhappy marriage probably will have a stronger negative emotional impact on women because these women don't have the kind of job satisfaction that men have to insulate them from a bad marriage. This is probably not true in situations where women make more money than their spouses, or are sitting high on the social totem pole.
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I agree with hoseclamps that women who are not economically independent may suffer more but women who have a good socioeconomic position will hurt badly too because it is just the way we are, emotional.

Women will go through every bad situation many times and analyze it while many men would just dismiss the problem and go watch football :-)

Women who are independent are just more likely to get over the issue by being able to afford stuff to themselves like a sauna, massage, a good night out with her friends, etc
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very good logic. I would agree with both, you and hose
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