Polygamy – ‘five times more likely to suffer heart disease’

MailOnline 29 April 2015
Having a wife can improve a man’s chances of a long life – but having more than one can seriously damage his health, research shows.

A study into the health effects of polygamy has found men who had up to four wives were nearly five times more likely to suffer heart disease.

Previous research has shown that people who are married suffer less stress, are physically more active and have a better diet.

But very little research has been done on the impact of polygamous marriages allowed by Islam or even the Mormon church.

Dr Amin Daoulah, a cardiologist at the King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Centre in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, said: ‘There is evidence that married people have better overall health and longevity – but until now no study has assessed the effect of polygamy on cardiovascular health.

‘Men who practice polygamy have up to four concurrent wives who can reside in the same or different regions but do not normally reside in the same house.

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