Divorce affects long term health

    Researchers at the University of Chicago examined close to 9,000 people and found that divorced or widowed people have 20 percent more chronic health conditions such as heart disease, diabetes or cancer than married people.

    Divorce takes a toll on people’s health and can have long-lasting effects on their overall well-being, even if they remarry.

    Even among people who have remarried, the study found 12 percent more reported chronic conditions.

    WHYY’s Behavioral Health reporter Maiken Scott asked psychologist Dan Gottlieb what these findings mean.

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