Is red wine and chocolate the cure for divorce stress?


Divorced people are more likely to die from heart attacks than their married friends.

This is the assertion of researchers from Aston University, after comparing data on one million British people. The full results were presented recently at the European Society of Cardiology congress in Barcelona.

A divorced person is apparently sixteen percent more likely to die from a heart attack than those who are married. Divorced people are seven percent more likely to die from heart attack than single people.

High blood pressure is also more perilous for divorced people and is nine percent more likely to contribute to their death than that of their married peers.

Senior researcher, Dr Rahul Potluri is a Cardiology Lecturer at Aston Medical School in Birmingham.

He said the research indicates that “single people do worse than married people and divorcees do worst of all”.

In seeking to find out why this was the case, Dr Potluri suggested that “the acute stress of divorce in particular” could be to blame.


Stress is the killer

The emotional turmoil of a divorce is stressful and can mean that people, “find it difficult to look after themselves” and “lose control of what’s going on”, he said.

This is particularly problematic for those with heart problems.  

Dr Potluri explained that people going through a divorce “may have been compliant with their medication while they were married [but are] suddenly under a lot of stress as well as being on their own” and may become forgetful.

With the medicine for such conditions as heart complaints and blood pressure, “even if you stop it for a couple of days the impact can be really bad,” he added.

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Reducing your risk of heart attack

So, what steps can you take to lower your stress levels and increase your day to day functionality?

Practice mindfulness. Train your mind for a healthier and happier you.  There are plenty of mindfulness talk through meditations for beginners available for free. An excellent introduction to mindfulness is offered as a 10-day free trial from the Headspace App.

Aim for eight hours of sleep at night.

Diet is important. Eat fish to increase your intake of omega-3 fatty acids, drink black or green tea, supplement with B vitamins, reduce fats and increase fibre, eat berries, kidney beans and drink plenty of water.

Exercise and combine with a supplement of L-arginine, an amino acid that has been found to reduce the risk of hardening of the arteries when combined with daily exercise. Vitamin C and E also boost the effects of exercise.

And finally, some good news - drink red wine and eat dark chocolate. The antioxidants found in red wine and dark chocolate have been shown to reduce levels of a protein known as fibrinogen that contributes to blood clots. Dark chocolate is also a good source of flavonoids, which are plant chemicals that help reduce hardening of the arteries so blood can flow through more freely.

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Published by: Divorce Resource

The information in this article is general in nature and should not be considered as professional advice. You should seek the advice of a registered professional who will be able to appropriately assess your specific circumstances before offering their expert opinion.

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