Men from the ‘silent generation’ had a higher risk of heart disease if their wife was the main breadwinner, study finds

Men whose wives were the primary breadwinners in the 1950s and 1960s suffered poorer health in later life, a study has revealed.

Researchers looked at men in the ‘silent generation’ and compared them to younger generations.

They found that, years ago, men whose wives provided the family income were more likely heart and stress-related diseases.

The researchers said this pointed to the societal pressure on men needing to be the primary breadwinner in their family in order to fulfill their gender role.

Experts say the findings should be a red flag for families to focus away from societal expectations of each gender during a marriage to prevent health problems.

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