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Study: Lower risk of dementia in those who are married

Study: Lower risk of dementia in those who are married (MGN)

CINCINNATI (WKRC) - A new study shows being married could reduce your long-term risk for memory problems.

Specialists at the Cleveland Clinic say your spouse may be giving you a gift that you didn't even know about.

Researchers in the study compared people who were married to people who were not. It appears that those who were married have a lower risk for developing dementia.

They found that those who were never married had a 42 percent increased risk of developing dementia, while those who were widowed showed a 20 percent increased risk.

Those who were divorced showed no greater risk than those who were married.

The results are published in the British Medical Journal.

Researchers say they are not sure why, but they do know that when you are married you tend to be more social, and sometimes more physically active. That can make a difference in brain health.

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