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Women who have babies late may live longer, study says

Women who have children later in life may also have the ability to live to a very ripe old age, according to a study that says it's not having the babies late that does it. Rather, women able to have babies late are also more likely to live longer.
Lois M. Collins, Deseret News Modified: June 27, 2014 at 4:35 pm •  Published: June 30, 2014

Women who can become pregnant without procedures like fertility treatments in their mid-30s and beyond are also the women most likely to live to a very ripe old age, according to new research.

The study by Boston University researchers was published in Menopause, the journal of the North American Menopause Society.

"Among their study group of 462 women in the United States and Denmark, women who had their final child when they were 33 or older were twice as likely to live especially long (defined as living longer than 95 percent of the women in their demographic group), compared to women who were finished having children by 29," wrote Vox's Joseph Stromberg.

"But having a child at a late age is a marker of a long lifespan — not a cause of it," he wrote.

"The current findings suggest that prolonged fertility may be linked to a genetic marker for longevity, though a marker hasn’t yet been identified," Dr. Thomas Perls, a co-author of the study, a professor of medicine at Boston University School of Medicine and the director of the New England Centenarian Study, told the Boston Globe.

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