A study presented by some cardiologists in Abu Dhabi at the Asian Pacific Society of Cardiology Congress, had came up with a lot of interesting data about the risk factors of heart diseases which include having more than one wife. According to the study, having more wives can increase the risk of coronary artery disease by four times compared with having normally one wife. Thus, it can be said that polygamous men is more prone to higher incidence of heart disease than those who stick to one wife.
Coronary artery disease is a heart condition developed when cholesterol and inflammation block the supply of blood to the heart. According to the said study, this might be because of the fact that men with more wives tend to be more pressured financially and emotionally. As men opt to be polygamous, especially in countries where polygamy is legalized, the burden to provide an equal status of living and financial aid to the different families can be quiet overwhelming and tiresome.
For many men engaged in polygamy, having one source of income would not be enough. Having more than one family means more children to support. The study used samples of the medical histories of about 687 men from 2 countries such as Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. About a third of the sample population is polygamous, leaving the rest of the sample as men practicing monogamy. The sample even recorded having four wives for one man as the highest in all samples.
In Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, the government also supports polygamous men’s families financially. As this is also not enough to support all the needs of the wives and children, from their daily expenses to the education of their children, men then feel more pressured in their daily life, to work and to provide emotional support for different families.