When the Eagles sang “Love Will Keep Us Alive,” there may have been more to it than just sheer romance and naiveté, as a recent study by experts from Duke University Medical Center in the US revealed that a love-filled marriage may help lengthen the lives of middle-aged people, ScienceDaily.com reports.

The researchers analyzed data on 4,802 individuals born in the 1940s, who are part of the ongoing University of North Carolina Alumni Heart Study (UNCAHS). The study focused on lifestyle patterns for those married and not married, including socio-economic status and health risks.

According to the results, those who were married once or twice in their lives had longer life expectancies than those who have never been married at all. Singlehood as well as losing a partner during mid-adult life seem to increase the chance of early death, even when health risks and lifestyles were taken into account.

"Our results suggest that attention to non-marital patterns of partnership is likely to become more important for these Baby Boomers. These patterns appear to provide different levels of emotional and functional social support, which has been shown to be related to mortality. Social ties during midlife are important to help us understand premature mortality," the authors explain.

Of course, being single during midlife doesn’t automatically mean dying young. It’s all about living a healthy lifestyle and having the right mindset. Eat right, regularly exercise, and try your best to do away with stress--especially those related with work and questions of when you’re getting married. Living your life in contentment can ensure you days of health and happiness.

(Photo by Sean McGrath via Flickr Creative Commons)

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