New Study Reveals Parents May Live Longer

  • New Study Reveals Parents May Live Longer

New Study Reveals Parents May Live Longer

The longevity benefit appears to occur regardless if a parent has a son or daughter.

A long, long life has been directly linked to having kids.

Led by assistant professor Dr Karin Modig, the researchers used data from the national registry on more than 1.4 million people born in Sweden between 1911 and 1925.

The team of researchers revealed that, according to the study's results, men over the age of sixty are more likely to live for two more years if they have children compared to those who don't have children.

"At 60 years of age, the difference in life expectancy was two years for men and 1.5 years for women", compared with peers with no children, the researchers wrote.

At the age of 80, men that have children had a life expectancy of 7.7 years.

Many studies have confirmed that parents do actually have longer lives, on average, than adults who never procreate, but have not been able to explain why.

Why Does the Longevity Benefit Exist? The head researchers suggested that healthier behavior might be a possible explanation. For women at age 90, the risk of death over a one-year period was 11.4 percent for women without children, and 10.3 percent for women with at least one child - a difference of 1.1 percentage points.

Childless seniors can help extend their life by joining groups, volunteering and essentially building their own family, Wolf-Klein said. Consider the fact that parents typically embrace the opportunity to prepare healthy home-cooked meals for their children.

Along with having children, having a significant other could also prevent chances of early death.

They could not pinpoint why exactly having kids increases a person's lifespan.

It is also worth noting that those who do not reproduce often have certain social or biological hurdles that play a role in life expectancy. They are also marked by slower health declines than those who become socially engaged overtime. The study authors say this could be because unmarried fathers rely heavily on their children in the absence of a partner.

"The absolute difference in death risk between parents and non-parents increases with age between age 60 and 100", Modig said.

Another possible explanation is that adult children take care of their parents.

Parenthood is associated with a longer life than childlessness, particularly in older age, when health and capacity may start to decline, finds research published online in the Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health.