Living alone and having multiple failed relationships might increase the risk for poor health – but only among men. In a new study published in the Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health, researchers at the University of Copenhagen studied over 4,800 adults for over 25 years. Among the data they collected was the number of partnership breakups and the number of years lived alone. They took blood samples of two inflammatory markers. The highest levels of inflammatory markers in men were found in those who had experienced the most partnership breakups and those who had spent seven or more years living alone. Women were not found to have these associations. It’s possible that men are more likely to externalize their behaviors, such as drinking more alcohol, following a partnership breakup, leading to poorer health.