London – Widowers are more likely to die shortly after losing their spouse than vice versa, a study suggests.
Researchers found that grieving husbands were 30 percent more likely to die after being recently bereaved, compared with their normal risk of mortality, the Daily Mail reported Tuesday.
Women, however, did not have any increased risk of dying – perhaps due to their being more independent and prepared, researchers from the Rochester Institute of Technology in America suggested.
Javier Espinosa, who led the study, said: “When a wife dies, men are often unprepared.
“They have often lost their caregiver, someone who cares for them physically and emotionally, and the loss directly impacts the husband’s health.
“This same mechanism is likely weaker for most women when a husband dies.”
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