When it comes to health complications, divorcees have the odds stacked against them. In fact, studies have linked divorce to everything from weight gain and depression to an increased risk of experiencing a heart attack. Granted, an increased risk does not mean you will experience a stroke, nor does it mean you should avoid divorce if it truly feels like the right path for your life. However, it does suggest that divorcees should know how to protect their health and mitigate against the risks.
Examining the Possible Link
Nearly anyone who has endured divorce can tell you it is an emotionally, mentally, and sometimes even physically trying experience. Thankfully, the stress usually diminishes over time, but the damage could already be done by the time things calm down. In fact, experts now believe that stress may be the driving factor behind all links to potential heart conditions. It certainly makes sense when you consider what stress does to the body.
Stress can cause you to eat more, which may cause weight gain (and ultimately weight-related conditions, such as diabetes and heart disease). It can also disrupt your sleep cycles, which is also known for increasing a person’s risk of a heart attack. Then, to make matters worse, the very nature of divorce can cause one to overlook his or her health. A person may eat foods that are not as healthy and may struggle to find time for exercise and relaxation. All this can add up to a host of health complications. So, how do you mitigate the risk factors? You start by making your health a priority, regardless of the circumstances, because you know that it could affect you later in life.
Mitigating the Health Risks
While there are many factors that determine one’s risk of stroke, stress is certainly one of them. To mitigate the risks, divorcees are encouraged to seek support from family members, friends, therapists, divorce groups, and even an attorney. Daily exercise—even just 30 minutes of activity per day—and a balanced diet are also great ways to protect your health. If low appetite is an issue, focus on nutrient-rich foods, such as smoothies, fish, nuts, whole grains, fruits, and a variety of vegetables, as much as possible. If the problem is too much food, try limiting the amount of “junk food” in your home and stock up on healthier options instead.
Contact Our DuPage County Divorce Lawyers
If you are planning on filing for divorce, contact the accomplished legal team of A. Traub & Associates. Our experienced Lombard, IL family law attorneys are committed to protecting your health and your financial future, and we will strive to limit the stress of your divorce. We offer assistance with both litigated and mediated divorces. Call our office today at 630-426-0196 to schedule a confidential consultation.