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article imageDivorce affects a person's health even after remarriage

By John Louie S. Ramos     Jul 27, 2009 in Science
In a recent study conducted by experts in a nationally representative Health and Retirement Study. New findings suggest that divorce can alter a person's mental health even after remarriage.
According to study researcher Linda Waite, divorce can put a long-lasting toll on the physical, mental and emotional health of a person.
Although Waite admitted that remarriage helps, saying that it remarriage puts the divorcee back to a health trajectory. However, she added that the divorcee is put on a lower point of the said health trajectory.
Waite added that divorce somewhat operates like a traumatic event in one's life.
Waite together with Mary Elizabeth Hughes of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health analyzed the data from 9,000 adults ages 51 to 61.
Results show that those who had been divorced or widowed were diagnosed with diseases such as heart disease, diabetes or cancer, 20 percent more than those who are currently married.
Additional findings show that Individuals who were never married were 13 per cent more likely to experience depression and showed mobility limitations as to walking or climbing.
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