Marriage, Family and Health

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Family and Health
Marriage and Health
Personal Stories


Support and counseling can be crucial for both the patient and their family members to understand and successfully deal with the many complex challenges of chronic illness.

Family and Health

Family support critical for managing patients with chronic health problems. Family members have the potential to significantly help many patients with chronic illness manage their health conditions. However those family members need more than just information to be successful. The Medical News. 04/15/10.

Marriage and Health

Marriage, like any type of relationship can affect your health. Studies have shown that a bad marriage can have a negative effect on your health while a good marriage can have a positive effect. Bad marriages cause stress. Studies have found a strong relationship between stress and disease.

Using Marital Status and Continuous Marital Satisfaction Ratings to Predict Depressive Symptoms in Married and Unmarried Women with Systemic Sclerosis. Comparisons of mental health in married and unmarried rheumatic disease patients should include continuously measured marital satisfaction. PubMed, Arthritis Care Res (Hoboken), 11/25/2015.

How a bad relationship can, quite literally, break your heart: Being trapped in a bad marriage 'increases risk of heart disease'. You might think years of being trapped in a bad marriage leads only to a messy divorce, but it can also quite literally break your heart, scientists believe. Mail Online, 11/20/2014.

Married People Have Lower Heart Risk, Mortality. Acute coronary syndromes (ACS) carried a significantly higher mortality risk for men and women who lived alone or were unmarried than for married people, Finnish researchers reported. Med Page Today. 01/31/2013.

Personal Stories

Kym: Diffuse, CREST Scleroderma, Lupus and Fibromyalgia It all started with Raynaud's in my fingers and toes at about nineteen years old in 1979.

Kath: Systemic Sclerosis (Scleroderma) I suffered from quite a lot of stress, as I was in a bad marriage that ended in divorce after a few years.

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