If being single wasn’t already bad enough, now your relationship status is going to take a toll on your health. The University College of London did 14 studies on the effect of relationships on the development of dementia. They studied more than 800,000 people over the age of 65 and found singles were at a 42% higher risk of having dementia while widows were at a 20% higher risk. It’s better to have loved and lost than not loved at all, I guess?
Dementia is a brain disease that causes memory loss. There is no cure for dementia, only treatments or lifestyle changes that will slow it down. Common treatments are being physically active, having a social life and eating healthy.
You do all of three of those things more frequently when you have a partner, which doesn’t sound like it’s a coincidence based on these results. The study also says that it isn’t the act of marriage that helps decrease dementia, it is the partnership, including the constant social interaction and everything that comes along with always having someone around.
Either way being single literally harming your health. Time to get on Tinder and start swiping.