Having children may increase your lifespan

Use your ← → (arrow) keys to browse

Although parenthood may have its share of woes, it could also hold the key to long life, particularly in older age, when health and capacity may start to decline, finds a new study.The findings suggested that the risks of death were lower among those who had had at least one child than they were among those who were childless and more so among men than among women and were not affected by the sex of the child(ren).

“We started first at the age of 60 and we looked all the way up to the age of 100,” Karin Modig from Karolinska Institute Sweden was quoted as saying by guardian.com.

At age 60, the difference in the one-year risk of death was 0.06 per cent among men and 0.16 per cent among women.

The one-year risk of death for an 80-year-old man with a child was 7.4 per cent, for example, compared with 8.3 per cent for a childless man of the same age.

Use your ← → (arrow) keys to browse