A study conducted by Rostock University in Germany found that people who get divorced die an average of nine years earlier than those who don’t, The Local reported.

“We assume that being divorced strongly influences lifestyle,” study contributor Gabriele Doblhammer told the German newspaper “Der Tagesspiegel.”

“Married people seem to have a more regulated lifestyle than singles, and the divorced embody a combination of factors that can lead to an earlier death,” Doblhammer added.

Researchers studied the life expectancies of people who were 50 years old because of they were likely to have adopted behaviors “that have an influence on death risks.”

The study indicated that non-smokers who had at least a high school education, were employed and married had the highest life expectancy.

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