Monday, June 09, 2008
Being a mom with babies at my age (42) isn't so bad after all....
"Many centenarian women have a history of bearing children after the age of 35 years and even 40 years. From our studies, a woman who naturally has a child after the age of 40 has a 4 times greater chance of living to 100 compared to women who do not. It is probably not the act of bearing a child in one's forties that promotes long life, but rather, doing so may be an indicator that the woman's reproductive system is aging slowly and that the rest of her body is as well. Such slow aging and the avoidance or delay of diseases that adversely impact reproduction would bode well for the woman's subsequent ability to achieve very old age."
(Source: Perls T, Alpert L, Fretts R. Middle aged mothers live longer. Nature 1997;389:133.)