A Man Needs a Woman, Does a Woman Need a Man?

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Women are tougher than men! The word is out, it’s official but I guess all you girls knew that already. My two big sisters who bullied me for most of my life knew it too, but that’s another post…

Men who lose their wives have a 30% greater chance of passing into the great beyond! The research was carried out by Professor Javier Espinosa, who led the research project at Rochester Institute of Technology, in the US.

We can’t avoid it obviously. It all happens to us all, unless you spend a million dollars to freeze your head in a dodgy facility. But apparently but the loss of a wife, or I guess a long time partner, leads to an increased chance of mortality for elderly men within 2 years.

Professor Javier Espinosa suggests that after a death of their partner elderly men are less prepared to take care of themselves than women. The reverse situation is quite different. It seems that a man needs a woman, but does a woman need a man? In the reverse situation the statistics don’t play out the same at all. The research didn’t uncover evidence of a statistically increased chance for recently widowed woman to suffer the same fate.

This research raises more questions than it answers. Did they factor in health, or physically differences between women and men? I’m not sure they did, but the Professor did suggest it might be down to a care-giving mechanism. He went further to suggest that this mechanism prepares women to carry on their lives, alone.

His research was carried out on couples who were born between 1910 – 1930. Another interesting yet sad aspect of the research was highlighted. He found that after a loss of a child, a woman was 3 times more likely to suffer mortality. This seemed to be independent of social factors such as education, class or marital status.

For some of us this research may seem to make sense, my experience of parents and grandparents seem to bear this out. My grandmother outlasted a husband and a live-in-partner. Is it possible for us to die of a broken heart? University Clinic of Rostock, Germany suggest this might be the case due to increased level of stress and adrenaline.

Prof Espinosa’s study, co-written by William Evans from the University of Notre Dame, was published in the Economics and Human Biology journal

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