Inconsolable men likelier to die after death of spouse than women
Grieving husbands are more likely to die shortly after losing their wife while widowed women move on with their lives quickly, a new research has claimed. Men were found to be a third more likely to die after being recently widowed, compared with their normal risk of mortality. Women, on the other hand, had no increased chance of dying after their hubby’s passed away, with researchers suggesting that they were likely to be more independent and prepared.
Professor Javier Espinosa, who fronted the study at the Rochester Institute of Technology in America, said, “when a wife dies, men are often unprepared. “They have often lost their caregiver, someone who cares for them physically and emotionally, and the loss directly impacts the husband’s health. This same mechanism is likely weaker for most women when a husband dies,” the Telegraph quoted him as saying. “Therefore, the connection in mortalities for wives may be a reflection of how similar mates’ lives become over time,” he said.
For the study, Professor Espinosa used data records from married people, who were born between 1910 and 1930, to examine when partners died in relation to one another. He found that men who were grieving after their wife’s death experienced a 30 percent increase in mortality while, for women, there was no increased chance of dying due to the loss of their husband.