People in loving relationships are generally healthier. On the other hand, people in ambivalent relationships have significantly higher risk of heart disease according to a recent study from the University of Utah. Lack of support increases stress, which affects the functioning of your heart.
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) reports heart disease as a leading cause of death for all African Americans and THE leading cause of death for African American women. Several medical conditions and lifestyle choices also increase risk: diabetes, overweight/obesity, poor diet, physical inactivity, and excessive alcohol use.
In academic and research circles, this direct correlation between your love life and heart disease is relatively new. It confirms our holistic life experience and highlights the importance of having authentic love in our lives, not just for our mental and emotional health, buy also for our physical well-being.