Loving relationships spark faster healing

Dec. 27, 2005 at 4:07 PM
share with facebook
share with twitter

AUSTIN, Texas, Dec. 27 (UPI) -- Married people in loving relationships heal faster than wives and husbands in hostile relationships, Texas and Ohio researchers say.

The mind-body connection is significant and "argues that we need to attend to these things, especially when individuals are coming in for surgery," said co-author Timothy Loving of the University of Texas.

"When people are going in for surgery, they're often quite apprehensive," said lead author Janice Kiecolt-Glaser of Ohio State University.

"They spend huge amounts of time trying to get everything done. It makes more sense to relax," Kiecolt-Glaser told the Austin (Texas) American-Statesman.

The researchers said their study of 42 married couples found that those in hostile relationships -- even those that were only mildly hostile -- averaged one day longer to heal from injuries that occurred during the test period.

The team called for additional study on the subject reported in the Archives of General Psychiatry.

Related UPI Stories
Trending Stories