Men who marry clever women live longer

...and so do women who marry rich men

Men who marry well-educated women are more likely to live longer, according to new Swedish research.

A woman, meanwhile, should look for a high earner. The study suggests that both husband and wife are likely to live longer if the man’s income and social status is higher. 

The study, published in the journal of Epidemiology in Community Healthcare, was based on statistics relating to 1.5 million Swedish people aged 30-59.

The researchers discovered that a man’s level of education does not affect his longevity. However, if his partner had a university education, he is 25 per cent less likely to die early than if she finished her education after school.

The researchers suggest that educated women may be more likely to understand information about healthy living and eating, and to put this into action. This has a big effect on their own health too. Less educated women are more than 50 per cent more likely to die early than women with a university education.

Professor Alan Maryon-Davis, of the UK’s Faculty of Public Health, told the BBC, ‘This study shows how closely education, lifestyle and long-term health are linked together.’


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