Divorce has many medical and non-medical complications. Sadly, divorce increases the risk of death and so can a bad marriage. Sometimes, one divorce is all it takes. You, therefore, have to choose your mate carefully and behave wisely. Both will drastically reduce your chances of getting divorced. While everyone’s chances of getting divorce calculated by the experts are about 50 percent, your individual risk may vary between one and 99 percent. Doing the right things from early childhood and listening carefully to advice from loved ones and friends and eliminating the 7 Divorce Creating Habits may reduce your individual risk for divorce to about 1%. Your individual risk of getting a divorce is much higher if your parents are divorced or the 7 Divorce Creating Habits dominate your life. You can determine your risk for divorce way before you get married. Some known factors put you at greater risk. One of the most important things you can do if you want to be happy in your marriage is to screen yourself for some of the risk factors for divorce.
DO YOU HAVE ANY OF THESE 15 RISK FACTORS FOR DIVORCE? PREVIOUS DIVORCE(S), IMMATURITY, WRONG SPOUSE, WRONG MOTIVES, ANTI-RELIGIOUS BELIEFS, POOR LEARNING ABILITY, LACK OF COLLEGE EDUCATION, MENTAL ILLNESS, DRUG ABUSE/ADDICTION (cocaine, marijuana) CIGARETTE SMOKING, ALCOHOL ABUSE, DIVORCE CREATING HABITS, EXPENSIVE WEDDING, EXPENSIVE ENGAGEMENT RING, FAMILY HISTORY.
If you’re not sure how a divorce or toxic relationship could affect your health, watch the recommended videos below. If you’re divorced, get a check-up with your doctor. Ask for a complete cardiovascular risk assessment from an expert. Cardiologists like Dr. Dean Ornish (diet!) know about the potential medical complications associated with psychological stressors including divorce. If you have any risk factors for a stroke or heart attack (e.g., high cholesterol, high blood pressure, obesity, diabetes, smoking) get checked. Stay calm. Forgive your ex, no matter what. Let go. Move on. Staying in a toxic marriage whether or not you caused the toxicity, will eventually wear out your immune, hormonal, nervous and cardiovascular systems. Either you detoxify your marriage through wise decisions, interactions and counseling, or break up the marriage. According to best-selling author and marriage therapist Dr. Bonnie Eckler, separating briefly from each other may help you see what you truly need to do in your marriage. Many of her clients have separated and then returned to build a more loving and happier marriage. Your risk of a heart attack is quite significant within the first two years of the divorce and may escalate or diminish after the divorce. It all depends on the factors responsible for the toxicity and breakdown of the marriage and other additional behavioral, environmental and biological factors.
To learn more about how divorce and marital stress may increase your biological age and double your risk of stroke, heart attack and death from accidents, cancer or suicide and what to do avoid these, get your copy of DIVORCE MEDICINE: How Divorce and Toxic Relationships Can Affect Your Health today at Amazon.com. The book details over 160 PEER-REVIEWED research references and evidence for how bad marriages can affect your health