Divorce May Kill You—and Not Just Emotionally

Between 42 and 45 percent of first marriages in the United States end in divorce. For second marriages, that figure jumps to 60 percent. In other words, the viability of your “til death do us part” vow hinges on a statistical coin toss.

We all know that ending a marriage is hard. It’s called heart-breaking for a reason. But researchers found that it really can have a very serious physical affect on the heart, especially for women.

Divorce signals an end to not only a relationship but potentially to financial stability and social circumstances as well. It can lead to spikes in the stress hormone cortisol, which can raise blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar to unhealthy heights.