Health Care Trends With a Social Media Twist
My parents divorced when I was 10 years old and while each remarried 20+ years ago, I often wonder about the impact this life-changing event had or will continue to have on our health and well-being – physically, spiritually and mentally – in the future. As a mom to two young daughters, the memories of those times, that pain, are what drive me to nurture my own marriage so my children don’t have to live through some of the hardship my brother and I did. That’s why I read with great interest an article in today’s USA Today, recapping a review by the University of Arizona of more than 30 published studies that found divorced adults have a significantly higher risk of early death compared with married adults.
Thankfully both of my parents are still alive and well (I may not be if I disclose their ages so I won’t!), but it’s an interesting correlation being studied. The fact is that early death can also be attributed to things like depression or substance abuse, factors that can also contribute to strain on a marriage. It may be somewhat of a leap to make the correlation but it’s still wise to consider the lingering effects of a change in marital status and the impact it can have on one’s health.
Are you a child of divorce or have you gone through one in your own marriage? I’d love to hear your impressions.