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“That was completely unexpected, and I don’t have an explanation for it,” said study lead author Stephen Blumberg, an associate director with the NCHS division of health interview statistics.


According to sociology experts, the key to these results seems to involve the idea of commitment, since marriage involves committing to the future of someone other than yourself.

It’s important to note that the study findings don’t prove the connection between marriage — or bachelorhood — and visits to the doctor, or that husbands are, overall, healthier than boyfriends.

“Ultimately, the data we have available don’t tell us that life will be better down the line,” Blumberg said.

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