Tuesday June 2, 2009
By Laura Clout
Source: Daily Express
Men who marry younger woman are more likly to live longer, according to population statistics.
The study at Germany's Max Planck Institute also found that men marrying older women are more likely to die early.
Men cut the risk of premature death by 11 percent if their wives are seven to nine years younger.
The figure rises to 20 percent for men who marry women between 15 and 17 years younger. Scientists say the figures may be the result of natural selection - that only the healthiest, most successful older men are able to attract younger mates.
"Another theory is that a younger woman will care for a man better and therefore he will live longer," said institute spokesman Sven Drefahi.
The results showed that woman benefit from marrying a man of the same age. Wives husbands older or younger by between seven and nine years increase their chances of dying early by twenty percent.
This rises by 30 percent if the age difference is close to 15 and 17 years.
On average in Europe, most men marry women around three years younger.
The average age to get married has risen steadily since the 1960s. The study examined deaths between 1990 and 2005 for the entire population of Denmark.