Monogamy is safer than Polygamy

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Monogamy is safer than Polygamy

Posted: 04/30/2015 12:57 PM IST
Monogamy is safer than Polygamy

Practicing polygamy may increase your chances of developing heart disease is 4 times higher than others. This was proved by the study by King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Centre in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

The study was presented at the Asian Pacific Society of Cardiology Congress, a meeting of cardiologists in Abu Dhabi. The research was carried out on 687 married men who aged 59. About two thirds of men in the research were monogamous while the others had two or three wives.  The results were quite surprising that 56 percent of subjects had diabetes, 57 percent had hypertension and 45 percent had a past history of CAD. Men with more than 1 wife were more likely to be older, live in a rural area, have a higher income and have a history of coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG).

The researchers found a significant association between number of wives and the presence of CAD, LMD and MVD. Risk increased with the number of wives. After adjusting for baseline differences, the researchers showed that men who practiced polygamy had a 4.6-fold increased risk of CAD, a 3.5-fold increased risk of LMD and a 2.6-fold elevated risk of MVD.

Dr Daoulah said that men with multiple wives have to be well supported financially, and although Saudis and Emirati people are supported by their governments, polygamists may need more than one income. They may therefore take on extra employment or have the added pressure of travelling daily to urban areas for higher paid work.

Concluding the study, experts said that the problem of coronary heart disease and polygamy was only an association and not necessarily a root cause therefore further studies were required to know in depth about this.

By Lizitha

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