Neither May nor December

The Frisky, with Demi Moore in mind, points to this bit of research, but is tripped up by the dubious title: “Marrying a younger man increases a woman’s mortality rate.” Well, yeah, but:

Health records have shown previously that men live longer if they have a younger wife, an effect researchers expected to see mirrored in women who married younger men.

But a study by Sven Drefahl at the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research in Rosktock, Germany, shows that the greater the age gap between a woman and her husband, the shorter her life expectancy, regardless of whether he is older or younger.

(Emphasis added.)

Now to make sure that Roxeanne de Luca — or, for that matter, Smitty — doesn’t see this.



  1. GradualDazzle »

    31 January 2012 · 4:39 pm

    I figure I’m doomed. He’s fifteen years older than I am, and I’ve been… shall we say… less than thrilled with my decision… for most of the twenty years since. Happiness level surely plays into my lifespan, which probably means I’m due to assume room temperature next year sometime.

  2. Roxeanne de Luca »

    31 January 2012 · 4:40 pm

    Forgive me, Mr. Hill, for I have been busy.

    But…. but… I like older men! (Heavens, the guy I’m dating now has me by a mere three years, and that’s the closest age range I’ve dated since, um, 2004?)

  3. CGHill »

    31 January 2012 · 5:20 pm

    I suspect three years falls within the margin of error of this study.

  4. fillyjonk »

    31 January 2012 · 6:34 pm

    There’s gotta be some kind of “relativity” joke considering where the study came from.

    (Other than that, I got nothing)

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