Men who have lost their partners have a lot to deal with. Aside from the emotional pain and increased risk for heart trouble, a new study is suggesting widowers are at an increased risk for serious prostate illness.
The study was conducted by Canadian researchers and recently published in the European Journal of Epidemiology. It found that widowers were far more likely than married men to have a high risk of advanced prostate problems.
The reason, they say, has to do with social isolation and a healthier lifestyle.
There is data to suggest that married men, or at least those in fulfilling long-term relationships, have healthier lifestyles than single men. This may have to do not only with improved moods but tangible benefits like higher levels of activity and a healthier diet.
Further, having a partner means someone is looking out for you. They may give you the push you need to go see a doctor and get regular screenings for various conditions.
Losing a partner will instantly change anybody’s life. The grief is inescapable, and it is very easy to fall into depression and isolation. Some of the resulting lifestyle changes may include higher alcohol consumption, worse nutrition, limited activity, and social withdrawal.
The person who could give you the little push when needed is also no longer there.
All in all, it can result in a much higher risk for prostate complications.
There is no easy or fast fix for losing a loved one, but there are lifestyle tips and resources available to help. Using them can not only help with grief and coping, but also potentially slow the progression of prostate damage.
Being sure to continue to eat a nutritious diet and stay active is important. So is keeping up with regular doctors’ appointments. Staying in touch with friends and family for support is also essential to reduce the risk of social isolation.
Grief counselors and support services are also available to help with the emotional toll of losing a life partner.