Why Fathers Are Less Likely to Die of Heart Disease

Think your kid’s going to give you a heart attack? Well, that might be true, but you probably won’t die from it. Your kids, on the other hand, might make your single-no-kid friend croak.

Time reports that researchers from Stanford University School of Medicine found, among other things, that “childless men had a 17%…increased risk of death from cardiovascular disease…and this elevated risk appeared to extend also to men with only one child.” Whoops, guess just having one kid won’t help you either.

The A-Team of researchers included Michael L. Eisenberg, Yikyung Park, Albert R. Hollenbeck, Larry I. Lipshultz, Arthur Schatzkin, and Mark J. Pletcher. You don’t need to know all of those names, but we wanted to make sure you could re-adjust your fantasy medical researcher team accordingly.

Researchers admit that they didn’t account for other lifestyle and health factors including cholesterol, blood pressure, or even simple social things like having family pets and friends.

If you want to read more or track your fantasy team, check the sauce for the deets.

BTW, the study was published in the Oxford Journal of Human Reproduction. For bonus points, find the Oxford comma in this post.

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  • I will go one step further, Zack, and argue that having kids, being married is just plain GOOD for men. It humanizes our slug tendencies, our selfish desires, and maybe teaches us good manners, too. There’s a reason why married men live longer than single ones.

    • Yeah, I think that being married and having kids for most guys really enriches a man’s life and gives him something to live for, to work for and people to nurture, which, medical test numbers aside, is physically good. The “slug tendencies, our selfish desires, and maybe teaches us good manners” part – well, I’m mostly with you. I’d argue that of course, some men go the opposite ways in marriage because they get lazy – but that’s just a thought!

  • I think being a father does a million different things that help us-not the least of which is push us to take care of ourselves so that we can be around for our children.

    • It’s funny that the most emotionally-tough job is also the most rewarding and life-giving.