Study says Women who have babies after age 33 live longer. According to research by Thomas Perls, Director of the New England Centenarian Study (NECS), women who are able to have children after the age of 33 have a greater chance of living longer than women who had their last child before the age of 30.
And it wasn’t a small difference; women who had their last child after the age of 33 doubled their chances of living to age 95 or older compared with women whose last child was born before their 30th birthday.
The study, scheduled for print publication in Menopause: The Journal of the North American Menopause Society in January 2015, also provided evidence that the genetic variations that go into making a woman fertile longer may also increase her chances of having an unusually long life spans, researchers say.
“The natural ability to have a child at an older age likely indicates that a woman’s reproductive system is aging slowly, and therefore, so is the rest of her body,” said Perls.
Having a baby after the age of 33 is linked with longer life, research shows.
Unlike some aging and fertility research, which focuses on a woman’s age at first birth, this study looked at when women had their last child. Explained Perls, a Professor at Boston University School of Medicine: “The age at last childbirth can be a rate of aging indicator.” SEE MORE ON PAGE2