A 107-year-old woman claims she has lived this long because she never got married. The centenarian says that she stays in shape. She dances, exercises, and generally jumps on to any activity out there. Along with regular exercise, she maintains a healthy diet. But she is sure that her secret for longevity is staying single.
Living in the Bronx New York, Louise Signore told WCBS News, "If they have exercise, I do the exercise. If they have dancing, I dance. I still do a little dancing. After my lunch, I will play bingo, so I had a full day."
She adds, "I think the secret of 107: I never got married. I think that's the secret. My sister says, 'I wish I never got married." However, her sister is 102, so it clearly did not hold her back all that much!
Perhaps longevity is genetic, seeing as both sisters have passed 100 and stay relatively healthy and active for their ages. Or maybe it is geographic: the oldest living woman in the United State lives in Harlem in New York, which is also where Signore was born. This centenarian's name is Alelia Murphy, and she is currently 114 years old.
According to a study conducted at Harvard University, married men lived much longer than those who were never married. They were significantly more likely than unwed people to detect prostate, lung, colorectal, and other forms of cancer in their early stages and to get treatment for the disease. The study also showed that married people were much less likely than singles to die of cancer.
On the other hand, evidence shows that while men benefit from marriage, women do not. It may even put additional strains on women. According to the survey, men tend to calm down and reap the benefits of someone encouraging them to be healthy. Women, however, suffered more mental stress.
We have to wonder how childbirth factors into women's ongoing physical health as well. And although both spouses are parents, moms tend to take on the mental load. Married or not, let's all keep exercising and eating healthy!