New Study Indicates Moms Who Give Birth Later in Life May Live Longer
Does having a baby later in life increase your longevity? That’s how some might interpret the findings of a recent research study.
The Huffington Post reports that the study’s findings were recently published in the medical journal, Menopause. The study looked at 462 participants, including 311 of these women lived to exceptionally old ages.
Researchers found that those who gave birth to their last child after age 33 were twice as likely to live to at least age 95, compared to women who delivered their final baby at age 29.
That’s good news for older moms, right? Well, according to Dr. Thomas Perls, a study researcher at Boston University Medical Center, “...this does not mean women should wait to have children at older ages in order to improve their own chances of living longer.”
He added, “If a woman has those [genetic] variants, she is able to reproduce and bear children for a longer period of time, increasing her chances of passing down those genes to the next generation."
The findings of this study are similar to the conclusion of a previous study by the same research group, which found that women who give birth after age 40 are four times as likely to live to be 100.
Regarding the longevity of these women, researchers say the ability for women to give birth at a later age might mean that her reproductive system is aging slowly.
It also indicates that the previously-held scientific belief that rates of aging have about 80% to do with environmental factors (such as lifestyle), and 20% are genetic, or inherited, might be put into question. The findings of both studies definitely indicate that genetics play a larger role than anticipated.
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