older russian women marrying younger foreign men

Research states, that marrying a younger foreign man increases an older woman's mortality rate. Women who are seven to nine years older than their husbands have a 20% higher mortality rate than if they were the same age.

Marriage generally improves life expectancy, but the age gap between a couple affects the life expectancy of men and women very differently. Marrying a younger foreign, russian or ukrainian woman increases improves life expectancy for an older man, for women marrying an older man shortens a woman's lifespan, but having a younger husband reduces it even more, the study found.

a man who is between seven and nine years older than his wife has an 11% lower mortality rate than a man whose wife is the same age as him. However, a woman who is between seven and nine years older than her husband has a 20% greater mortality rate than if she were with a man the same age.

The reasons for mortality differences due to the age gap of the spouses remain unclear. Some explanation may lie in the quality of friendships men and women form throughout life. Unlike the benefits of a younger wife, a younger husband wouldn't help extend the life of his older wife by taking care of her, going for a walk with her and enjoying late life together. She already has friends for that. The older man, however, doesn't.

However, married men and women both tend to live longer than unmarried individuals.