New study examines the "cougar effect" - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

5/14/10

New study examines the "cougar effect"

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By Karin McCay| email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) – Women who date or marry younger men have informally been given the name cougar, but a German study in the journal Demography suggests it's healthier for women to look for love in their own age group. 

A new study of two million Danish couples finds women who marry men seven to nine years their junior have a 20% increased risk for early death. Likewise, marrying a much older man doesn't reduce the risk either because the study found a much older husband also shortened a woman's life span. The same held true for men who married an older woman. The only benefit in a big age gap for spouses came to men who married much younger women, which seems to cut their risk of early death by over 10%. 

By the way, no matter what the age of either spouse, the study found married couples tend to live longer than those who never took a trip down the aisle.

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