Study: Love helps you live longer - New York News

Study: Love helps you live longer

Posted: Updated:

It's all about love on Valentine's Day and as it turns out, love has a very good affect on you heart.  

It's the holiday that surrounds us with romance and red hearts, but did you know Cupid's arrow brings a real benefit to your body?

"When people are in a happy, loving, stable relationship they live longer, studies have shown they live longer," said Dr. David Haines, with Beaumont Health System. "Studies have shown happily married patients have a greater longevity than people who aren't married."

Love is like a drug. It can jump start your immune system and keep the bulge at bay- couples who exercise together are more physically fit.

Plus, human touch has been proven to help reduce pain.

However, when things go south, so does your health.

A bad breakup, a death or extreme sadness can cause what's called "Broken Heart Syndrome." It feels like a heart attack and looks like a heart attack on the EKG, but there's no blockage.

"What we know from MRI data is the heart muscle swells up, it's a swollen heart," said Haines.

So on the day that celebrates hearts and love, remember along with your low cholesterol diet and jog  on the treadmill, add a little romance to the recipe and your body will thank you.

  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Camilla's brother dies in New York after head injury

    Camilla's brother dies in New York after head injury

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 11:04 PM EDT2014-04-24 03:04:50 GMT
    The brother-in-law of the Prince of Wales died Wednesday after falling outside a hotel bar and suffering a head injury, police said. Mark Shand, the brother of Prince Charles' wife, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, was in New York for a charity auction at Sotheby's.
    The brother-in-law of the Prince of Wales died Wednesday after falling outside a hotel bar and suffering a head injury, police said. Mark Shand, the brother of Prince Charles' wife, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, was in New York for a charity auction at Sotheby's.
  • Deep split in Port Authority over unfinished WTC tower

    Deep split in Port Authority over unfinished WTC tower

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 9:03 PM EDT2014-04-24 01:03:40 GMT
    Board members of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey revealed a deep split Wednesday over the agency's role in effecting the completion of the long-delayed 3 World Trade Center project, with some commissioners lauding the effort and others expressing grave concerns. The discussion at the monthly board meeting offered a rare glimpse into the negotiations that have been going on behind the scenes in recent months.
    Board members of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey revealed a deep split Wednesday over the agency's role in effecting the completion of the long-delayed 3 World Trade Center project, with some commissioners lauding the effort and others expressing grave concerns. The discussion at the monthly board meeting offered a rare glimpse into the negotiations that have been going on behind the scenes in recent months.
  • God's Love We Deliver virtual bake sale for birthday cakes

    God's Love We Deliver virtual bake sale for birthday cakes

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 6:36 PM EDT2014-04-23 22:36:46 GMT
    God's Love We Deliver provides meals to people in the New York City area who are too sick to shop and cook for themselves. Clients also receive birthday cards that are decorated by local school students. Sometimes a cake is the only birthday gift that God's Love's clients will receive.
    God's Love We Deliver provides meals to people in the New York City area who are too sick to shop and cook for themselves. Clients also receive birthday cards that are decorated by local school students. Sometimes a cake is the only birthday gift that God's Love's clients will receive.
Powered by WorldNow
Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices