Older women with younger husbands have a shorter life expectancy

Older women with younger husbands have a shorter life expectancyA German researcher has said that older women with younger husbands have a shorter life expectancy while older men who marry younger women tend to live longer.

Sven Drefahl, a sociologist at the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research in Rostock, Germany, said that having a partner seven years younger increases a woman's chances of dying earlier by 20 percent.

Drefahl also said, "The greater the age difference, the lower the wife's life expectancy. The best choice for a woman is to marry a man of exactly the same age."

The Daily Telegraph reported on Thursday that as for men, the mortality risk of a man seven to nine years older than his wife was reduced by 11 percent when compared with couples the same age.

Drefahl, who based his results on a study of 2 million Danish couples, said that so-called Cougars, women who date or marry younger men, may experience more stress and reduced health because they are "violating social norms and thus suffer from social sanctions." (With Inputs from Agencies)