Health & Fitness
To Have And To Holler. Nagging And Your Health
To have and to holler. We might as well admit that those “I do’s” we said when we jumped the broom turn into a lot of “must do’s”, “did you’s” and “you better do” as we start keeping house with our hubby.
Men often complain that their wives nag them. But I’m here to tell you I haven’t meet a married man yet who has said he wasn’t happy to be alive. All of that nagging? Well, studies prove that married men live longer than single men. And what’s more? Married men often live longer because their nagging wives were instrumental in noticing health issues and getting them to the doctor. Women will nag and drag their man into the doctor when necessary.
What some (men) call nagging, others (women) call it caregiving. We take that ‘till death do us part bit seriously. The care that women give to men from urging them to seek medical care to actually identifying and getting men to act on issues is instrumental in adding years to the life of married men. A recent article published in the New York Times on “The Nagging Effect” also shows how men have better health as a result of nagging wives.
Researchers proved long ago that happily married couples live longer than singles. But newer studies show that men benefit from the nagging that their wives give them about their health. Married men tend to live 10 years longer than unmarried men. Married men are more likely to adopt a healthier lifestyle due to their wives influences and to get to a doctor when health problems arise due to their wives insistence.
Alas, all is not fair in love and nagging. The same does not hold true for women. In general, women don’t benefit health wise from the insistence of a spouse to take care of their health. Married women generally live four years longer than unmarried women because they are financially more capable of taking care of themselves.