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The Effects of Marital Stress Stress is on everyones mind It is not just on the mind but the body as well What causes stress Stress comes from many different sources Whether it comes from the workplace or home life it can lead to many other serious problems Marriages and our bodies can be severely affected by stress Stress can devastate a marriage and lead to severe complications such as health issues Many things happen inside the body when it is faced with a stressful situation Marital stress worsens the prognosis in women with coronary heart disease Orth-Gomer 2000 Orth-Gomer identified 292 women 187 that were married or living with a male partner whose ages ranged from 30 to 65 and were hospitalized for acute myocardial infarction or unstable angina pectoris This identification was executed by using the Stockholm Female Coronary Risk Study Results ranged from mild or absent 0 to 1 to severe greater than 3 The women were studied for an average of five years Their scores ranged from 0 to 14 with a median of 3 The odds ratio for recurrent coronary events among women with severe compared with mild or absent marital stress averaged 292 after adjustments In other words women need loving supporting husbands who understand a wifes stressful role in todays family Though the research provided does not prove this I have no doubt that marital stress also is a contributing cause of coronary disease in women besides aggravating it Not only does marital stress contribute to heart disease in women but also contributes to Type 2 diabetes An investigation was done between marital stress and the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes in the San Antonio Heart Study Between the years of 1984 and 1988 1887 married non-diabetic Mexican Americans and non-Hispanic whites between the ages of 25 and 64 were examined Surviving participants of this group returned seven to eight years later for a follow up
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