Why to Be Skeptical of Studies


When trying to figure out things like fitness plans, health information, and the aging process, there’s a never-ending supply of new studies and research pumping new information into magazines and web-sites at a phenomenal pace. If this was the requirement to lead a healthy lifestyle, you’d have to consume three magazines a day—you’d be spending more time reading versus actually staying in shape.

This is why it’s good to stick to the tried and true—fitness, exercise, a healthy diet, low stress, etc. Most studies are just variables of many of these basic ingredients to a healthy lifestyle. For instance, new studies that link stress levels and the accumulation of fat molecules in the blood are just reinforcing the fact that high-stress could lead to heart problems. It’s good to know, but it’s not a prerequisite to be healthy.

Then there are studies which you should take with a grain of salt. A good example is the Norwegian study that began in 1970 which tracked patient records of over 400,000 patients over 40 years. In this case, the odds of single men dying from cancer were 35 percent greater versus married men, along with various other diseases.

These statistics were quickly used by countless magazines to present an argument that being single is bad for you. Therefore, if you want to live a longer life, the sooner you settle down, the better. Unfortunately, this is a perfect example of a study that is only accurate at about arms length.

The real cause of increased disease rates are: lack of exercise, high-stress, bad diets. It’s downright silly to link marital status as the root cause. Single-men may be less motivated, because they don’t have a spouse who’s pushing them toward staying healthy. In addition, some men are single because they are widows—and may suffer from depression that amplifies bad habits.

Therefore, there’s no reason to panic and start dialing the Ukrainian bride company if you’re still single. Instead, just focus on taking good care of yourself even without a wife to keep you on track. It should go without saying that if in place of a wife you snack on Doritos and watch reruns of Vh1 reality TV all day—that you’ll become unhealthy and prone to higher disease rates.

In addition, being married may not even provide these same health benefits. In fact, it may have the complete opposite effect on you, depending on your personality type. For some people, being single keeps them out of that 35% increased cancer risk, versus being married. So, in summary, don’t conform your entire lifestyle around the latest studies—there are too many individual variables to make such statistics accurate for your life.

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