Good news to married people, or should I say more specifically, to married people with children aka parents. According to a study by a team of researchers, parents with at least one child live longer than childless ones. This study was published in the Journal Of Epidemiology & Community Health.
By the age of 60, the difference in life expectancy … may be as much as two years between people with, and those without, children, they concluded.
Now, that is simply great news and worth all those months … and for some, years of sleepless and restless nights. Not to mention, surviving the terrific tantrum stage. And from witnessing the emo behavior of some teens these days, the rewards from the study may be the only silver lining in the sky.
According to the study, the researchers based this study on more than a million people living in Sweden born between 1911 and 1925. They tracked the lifespan of the men and women born in those years, and gathered data on their personal lives (married or not? have children or not?). From the information gathered, they concluded that married people with children live longer than those without and fathers gained more in life expectancy than mothers.
According to the team, by age 80, men who fathered children had a remaining life expectancy of seven years and eight months, compared to seven years for childless men. For mothers, life expectancy at 80 was nine years and six months, while for childless women it was eight years and 11 months.
However, the researchers also admitted that the study cannot conclude that having children is the reason for the parents’ long life. One of their theories is that the parents probably benefited from the social and financial support from their children. Not only that, parents with children tend to live healthier lifestyle too. Hence, the longer lifespan.
So, while the truth of this study has yet to be determined, I believe that if a mother suffers organ damage during pregnancy, the baby in the womb would send stem cells to repair the damaged organ. Therefore, yes, I do believe having a child would lengthen the parent’s life.