Divorce Can Have a Long-Term Impact on Health
Research indicates people who go through divorce are more likely to have long-term negative health consequences, even if they get remarried.
Some specific findings include the following:
- People who were divorced were found to be 20 percent more likely to develop heart disease, cancer, diabetes and other types of chronic health conditions.
- People who were divorced were 23 percent more likely to develop mobility problems, including difficulty walking short distances or climbing stairs.
- People who were divorced and then remarried were still 12 percent more likely than people who were never divorced to develop chronic health conditions, and 19 percent more likely to develop nobility problems, but only slightly more likely to report issues with depression.
These findings are not particularly surprising—divorce can be a very stressful and traumatic experience, and long-term exposure to stress can have a harmful effect on your physical and mental health.
It is just another reminder of the importance of practicing self-care during the divorce process, and maintaining healthy habits. You should make sure you get regular exercise, have a healthy diet and get plenty of sleep. Find activities you enjoy to participate in, and things that relax you so you can find ways to stay calm even in times of duress.
For more information about the steps you can take to protect your health during the divorce process, contact an experienced Long Island divorce lawyer at Bryan L. Salamone & Associates.