June is a month for marriage and brides and there is new evidence that tying the knot can be good for your health, especially for men.
"When you look at your overall health: how long you live, how well you live and whether you get diseases or not, marriage is pretty important," said Dr. Michael Roizen of RealAge.com, a health and wellness website.
Based on surveys from 30 million RealAge.com users, Roizen said they found that happily-married women live 2 ½ years longer than women who are either not married or in unhappy marriages.
Married men live 4 ½ years longer, whether happy or not.
"Being married, even if they're in an unhappy marriage, is a benefit to men," said Roizen.
Roizen said men don't have a social network to the extent women do outside marriage. Women tend to have companionship whether they are married or not, he said.
"There is something about that companionship or that social network that's really important (to health)," said Roizen.
RealAge.com found that the longer a woman is married, the greater the health benefit.