Marriage may benefit men's health, new report finds

By WEEK Producer

June 11, 2014 Updated Jun 11, 2014 at 10:47 PM CDT

A new government report reveals marriage may benefit a man's health.

That's because recent data show married men were more likely than unmarried men and those living with a partner to have seen a doctor within the past year for preventive care.

These findings were true for married men of all ages, but only among those with health insurance.

Researchers say wives may be more likely to encourage their husbands to get physicals and preventive screenings than cohabitating partners.

In fact, unmarried men had higher screening rates for blood pressure, diabetes and cholesterol than their cohabitating peers.

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