Study Shows Having Kids Increases Lifespan
A new study shows that having children can add up to two years to your life, confirming early research suggesting people that have children live longer than those who are childless. The reasons for this remain unclear, and how this increased lifespan changes over the course of a lifetime is not fully understood.
Researchers examined data from 704,481 men and 725,290 women born between 1911 and 1925 to determine how parenthood affects lifespan after the age of 60. People who had at least one child had a lower risk of death—men with children lived an average of two years longer than those without children, and women with children lived about 1.5 years longer than childless women.
They also found the association between parenthood and living longer increases with age—especially in men—and the greatest increases in lifespan occur in parents—fathers, in particular—who are unmarried. Researchers speculate the reason for this may be that unmarried men may rely more heavily on their children.
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