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article imageMen Want To Live Longer, Have Multiple Wives

By KJ Mullins     Aug 25, 2008 in Science
Men who have more than one wife tend to live longer by 12 percent. Cultures that have polygamy as a mainstay as opposed to monogamous tend to not only live longer but father kids until their 70's.
140 countries practice polygamy. 49 countries are mostly monogamous. Virpi Lummaa, an ecologist at the University of Sheffield, UK studied men who were over 60 in the 189 nations.
Lummaa took into account economic factors for her study published in the New Scientist this month.
One of the core beliefs from the study hinges on the fact having more wives enables a man to be cared after better. Those wives depend on their husband being alive to provide for them after all.
It is believed that men who have multiple wives take better care of themselves in order to be good providers.
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