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Having children later can increase lifespan

The genes that allow some women to naturally have children later in life also make it likely these women will live a longer life. [s]The Washington Post[/s] reports that a study by the [b]Boston University School of Medicine[/b] has found that women who are able to have children after age 33–without using drugs or other infertility treatments–have a greater chance of living longer than women who had their last child before 30. The results are consistent with other findings on the relationship between maternal age at birth of last child and what researchers consider exceptional longevity–generally living until 95 or older. The study was based on analysis of data from the [b]Long Life Family Study[/b], a genetic study of 551 families with many members living to exceptionally old age.

[link url=http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/to-your-health/wp/2014/06/25/silver-lining-for-some-older-moms]Full report in The Washington Post[/link]
[link url=http://journals.lww.com/menopausejournal/Abstract/publishahead/Extended_maternal_age_at_birth_of_last_child_and.98366.aspx]Menopause abstract[/link]

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